New Delhi: Domestic air passenger traffic grew by 5-6 per cent at 111 lakh in December 2021, compared to 105 lakh in the previous month, rating agency IRCA said.
The average daily departures were 2,800, compared to 2,065 in December 2020 and 2,700 in November 2021, it said.
The agency said the average number of passengers per flight during December 2021 was largely flat at 129 vis-à-vis 130 in November 2021.
It said the emergence of new Covid variant and reactionary restrictions impacting air travel remained near term challenges.
It said that elevated aviation turbine fuel (ATF) prices along with rising fresh infections were likely to delay the recovery process in Q4 FY2022
There was a Y-o-Y growth of 52 per cent wherein passenger traffic stood at 73 lakh in December 2020.
The airlines’ capacity deployment for December 2021 was around 35 per cent higher than December 2020 (86,465 departures in December 2021 against 64,002 in December 2020).
On a sequential basis, the number of departures in December 2021 was higher by 7 per cent as Covid-19 infections demonstrated a downward trajectory, it said.
Suprio Banerjee, Vice President and Sector Head, ICRA Ltd, said: “With the emergence of the new Covid variant and rising infections, few states have started announcing certain curbs on domestic air travel, posing a serious threat to domestic passenger traffic recovery in the near term.”