Domestic air traffic fell to 10-year low in 2020-2021 amid COVID-19: report

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Due to the restrictions on the pandemic-induced lockdown, the country’s domestic passenger traffic slipped from a 10-year record low to around 53.4 million in the just ended 2020-2021 fiscal year. According to the rating agency ICRA, in fiscal year 2010-11, all domestic air operators together carried a total of 53.8 million passengers on local routes across the country. In the previous fiscal year, there were no passenger flight services for nearly two months due to the COVID-19 crisis and travel restrictions induced by the lockdown.

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Last month, domestic passenger air traffic was estimated at around 77-78 lakh, which is a slight decrease of around 1% from February 2021. By February, airlines had flown around 78, 30 lakh passengers, according to the report. As of March 2021, domestic air traffic estimated at 77-78 lakh, signifies stable growth on an annual basis, compared to the corresponding month of last year. In March 2020, domestic air traffic was down 33.1% year-on-year. Indeed, domestic travel has been affected due to the lockdown of COVID-19 during the first phase.

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For the 2020-2021 fiscal year, recorded between May 25, 2020 and March 31, 2021, domestic passenger traffic is estimated at nearly 53.4 million. This shows a 62 percent drop year over year. compared to fiscal year 2019-20, according to ratings agency estimates.

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