According to data released by credit rating agency ICRA on Wednesday, domestic air traffic saw a marginal increase of 3 per cent as it rose to 69 lakh in September 2021 as against 67 lakh in August 2021.
The data further indicated that on a year-on-year basis, air passenger traffic grew by 74 per cent in September 2021 as compared to the same month last year.
Departures during September 2021 for all airlines stood at 61,000, while they were only 39,628 in September 2020, ICRA said, indicating that there has been a significant reduction in coronavirus-related infections.
ICRA Vice President and Sector Head, Supriyo Banerjee said that the average daily departures for September 2021 were 2,100, which was much higher than the 1,321 daily departures seen in September 2020.
Mr Banerjee further said that the average number of passengers per flight in September 2021 was 113, which is slightly less than 117 in August 2021.
There is improvement, but at the same time overall demand continues to decline, especially from the corporate traveler segment, he added.
The civil aviation ministry, with effect from June 1, 2021, had reduced the permissible capacity to 50 per cent of pre-pandemic levels, as the second wave of the pandemic escalated due to a steep rise in cases.
The ministry had increased this capacity to 72.5 per cent with effect from August 12, 2021 and has now been increased to 85 per cent with effect from September 18, 2021 as cases have seen a decline.