New Delhi: High airfares as a result of capacity constraint dragged the domestic air passenger traffic lower by 4.2 per cent to 109.95 lakh in April 2019 on a year-on-year (Y-o-Y) basis, ratings agency ICRA said on Thursday.
A day ago, data furnished by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) showed that air passenger traffic declined to 1.09 crore in April from 1.15 crore reported for the corresponding month of the previous fiscal.
The development assumes significance as the last monthly Y-o-Y de-growth in the domestic passenger traffic was witnessed in June 2013.
As per a note by ICRA, the downtrend was primarily attributed to adverse impact on the industry capacity which has been hit hard due to grounding of aircraft by Jet Airways which ceased operations from April 18, 2019.
The consequent increase in airfares due to the demand-supply imbalance impacted the industry passenger load factors (PLFs).
“The discontinuation of operations by Jet Airways has impacted 14 per cent of the total industry capacity. Overall, the moderation in capacity starting February 2019 has resulted in increased airfares…,” said Kinjal Shah, vice-president and Co-Head, Corporate Sector Ratings, ICRA. (IANS)
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