Domestic air travel demand surged nearly 17 per cent in November to 10.48 million passengers compared to 8.96 million from a year-ago period, thereby registering a growth of 16.99 per cent on the back of festive season demand and addition of new flights and routes.
Passenger load factor, a measure of how full the plane flies, has shown an increasing trend in November, primarily due to the tourist season, the DGCA said. November is also the month when airlines’ winter schedule comes into effect, during which carriers announce new flights and routes.
At present, the DGCA publishes monthly OTP of domestic airlines from four metro airports — Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
Regional carrier, TrueJet, cancelled the highest number of flights among all 12 domestic carriers while disinvestment-bound national carrier, Air India, saw the maximum number of passengers complaints against its services during the month.
OTP of an airline is measured from the time an aircraft gets detached from an aerobridge or step ladder for the push back at the departing airport to the time it gets attached to an aerobridge or step ladder at the arriving airport.