Omicron Variant Poses Threat To The So-Called Revival Of Domestic Air Travel
The world is again on the verge of facing the breakdown caused by Covid-19 in the past two years. When the people were looking for the ray of hope for a more “free and boundless world”, the Omicron variant was under development to shock us with its arrival.
In India, the tally of people infected by this variant has jumped to 101, with the cases active in 11 states of the country, including the capital.
With the rising cases of this newly-known and much-talked-about variant, a big question mark arises about the future of the Airlines Industry, as the data released by the country’s aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), on Friday, shows a temporary boost of the aviation industry, domestically.
In November, around 1.05 crore domestic passengers travelled by air, which signals a 17.03 per cent improvement, corresponding to 89.85 lakh air passengers who travelled in October.
Report Card Of Domestic Airlines:
Among the airlines, IndiGo emerged as the boss of the domestic airline market with a 54.3 percent share by carrying 57.06 lakh passengers in the last month. SpiceJet carried 10.78 lakh passengers, accounting for a 10.3 per cent share of the market.
The data for other Airlines for November was like this-
The aviation regulator informed that the passengers carried by domestic airlines in the first eleven months of 2021 were 726.11 lakh versus 556.84 lakh in January-November 2020, thereby an annual growth of 30.40% and monthly growth of 65.50% came in.
SpiceJet topped the chart in terms of occupancy rate, standing at 86.7 percent; while others performed like this-
Among the airlines, Vistara posted the best on-time performance of 84.4 percent at Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai airports.
The aviation sector had to bear the brunt of the travel curbs imposed in the country in the wake of spreading covid-19 infections. Though domestic passenger flights recommence on May 25 last year after a two months hiatus, the industry was left behind to pick up the pace.