New Delhi, Aug 20: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has claimed that India’s domestic passenger air traffic rose by 20.82 percent in July. The official data showed that 1.15 crore passengers were ferried by the domestic airlines during the month under review, up from 95.65 lakh reported during the corresponding month of 2017.

As per the data furnished by the DGCA, the passenger traffic during the January-July 2018 period grew by 22 percent.

“Passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-July 2018 were 800.40 lakhs as against 657.21 lakhs during the corresponding period of previous year thereby registering a growth of 21.79 percent,” the DGCA said in its monthly domestic traffic report.

“July 2018 marked the 40th month in a row that we have flown with the highest loads in the country,” said Shilpa Bhatia, Chief Sales and Revenue officer, SpiceJet. SpiceJet was followed by IndiGo with a PLF of 88.7 percent, GoAir at 87.2 percent and Vistara at 84.1 percent.

“The passenger load factor in the month of July 2018 has shown declining trend compared to previous month primarily due to the end of tourist season,” the monthly statistical analysis statement said.

In June, the authority had claimed that India’s domestic air passenger traffic grew by 18.36 percent in June. The official data had shown that 1.13 crore passengers were ferried by the domestic airlines during the month.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), in its latest traffic data for May, had said that domestic air passenger traffic grew 16.53 percent to 11.86 million during the month over the same period a year ago. Twelve domestic airlines together flew 11.85 million passengers as compared to 10.17 million passengers in May last year, the DGCA said.

(With agency inputs)