Domestic air traffic in India rises 22% in a month, signalling an air-travel boom

Dristi Sharma
Dristi SharmaSep 14, 2023 | 16:50

Domestic air traffic in India rises 22% in a month, signalling an air-travel boom

In August, Indian Airlines transported 124.23 lakh passengers. Photo: dailyO

There is no doubt that after the pandemic, the travel and tourism industry is bouncing back. Among all the industries returning to normal, aviation is booming in India. In the month of August 2023, air traffic in India increased by 22%, according to the latest data from DGCA.

The numbers

  • In August, Indian airlines transported 1.24 crore passengers, marking a 22.8% increase compared to the previous month. 
  • During the first eight months of 2023, the airlines carried 10.06 crore passengers, a significant surge from 7.70 crore during the same period the previous year, representing an increase of over 30.55%.
Photo: Mumbai International Airport/Twitter
  • Air traffic in India has now returned to pre-Covid levels. In July 2019, domestic airlines transported 1.19 crore passengers.
  • August marks the sixth consecutive month in which domestic air traffic in India has exceeded pre-Covid levels.

Indigo tops the market share again 

In August, IndiGo continued to have the largest market share at 63.3 per cent, followed by Air India and Vistara with a 9.8 per cent share each. SpiceJet overtook Akasa and registered a market share of 4.4 per cent. Akasa's market share in August stood at 4.2 per cent, Air Asia's at 7.1 per cent.

The growth of the Indian aviation sector is taking place under some unique circumstances, including:

  1. The declaration of bankruptcy by Go First in May 2023.
  2. The ongoing merger process between Vistara and Air India, two of the top market shareholders. Together, they hold 26.7% market share this month. 

But here's the thing: If you look at the load factor (which measures the percentage of available seating capacity that has been filled with passengers) of these Indian airlines, there's another airline that has beaten IndiGo – it's Vistara.


According to DGCA, Vistara had a load factor of 91.3% in August 2023, whereas IndiGo had a load factor of 83.6%.

The complaints 

But with the growth, also comes the increase in the complaints by consumers. According to CNBC, during August 2023, a total of 288 passenger-related complaints were received by scheduled domestic airlines.

Last updated: September 14, 2023 | 16:51
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