INCREASE IN DOMESTIC TRAVEL-
As the second wave of corvid-19 has come under control, and the people are now given some relaxations; the number of people traveling in the country has also increased. In the month of June 2021, there was an increase from 41% to 42% in domestic passenger traffic. This was reported in a note released by the credit rating agency ICRA on Tuesday.
COMPARISON TO THE PREVIOUS YEAR-
- In the month of June 2021, the domestic passenger traffic was estimated to be 29 to 30 lakhs. This was also said by the ICRA.
- This means that there is a substantial growth of 41 % to 42%. On average, the number of passengers in a flight traveling within India was 77.
- The average number of passengers increased up to 94 in the month of June.
- The airline capacity of June 2021 increased up to 41% compared to June 2020. In June 2020 the departures were around 21,696 and in June 2021 the number of departures increased up to 31,700.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) allowed the airlines in the country to increase their capacity from 33% as the unlocking was slowly proceeding. But, as the second wave of covid-19 hit India, the capacity was reduced drastically.
- People were not permitted to travel without any valid reason. Only in case of emergencies were they allowed to travel.
- Now, as the second wave of covid has also come under control, the airlines are now allowed to increase their capacities up to 65% in the current situation.
- This came into effect from 5th July 2021, which is applicable till 30th July 2021.
Kinjal Shah, vice president, and co-group head, ICRA, said, “For June, the average daily departures were at approximately 1,100 – significantly higher than the average daily departures of approximately 700 June 2020, and higher than about 900 this May – though it remains significantly lower than around 2,000 in April 2021. The average number of passengers per flight this June was 94, against an average of 77 passengers per flight the month before that.”