Domestic Air Passenger Traffic Drop By 56% In 2020: DGCA Data


According to the data revealed by Indian aviation regulator DGCA on Friday, 15 January 2021, a total of 6.3 crore domestic passengers travelled by air last year, 2020, which is 56.29 percent lower than 2019.

Becausse of the Covid-19 pandemic, the aviation industry has been hardly hit as the regulator said that only 73.27 lakh were domestic air travel as of December last year, 43.72 percent is less than the corresponding period of the Year 2019.

DGCA Air Passengers Data In 2020:

  • IndiGo carried 3.25 crore passengers last year, a 51.7 percent share of the total domestic market
  • SpiceJet flew 93.9 lakh passengers, which is a 14.9 percent share of the market.
  • Air India carried 69.32 lakh
  • Vistara carried 54.38 lakh
  • GoAir carried 43.87 lakh
  • And AirAsia India carried 39.39 lakh passengers.

The occupancy rate or load factor of six major Indian airlines was between 65.1 per cent and 78 per cent in December 2020, it stated.

The passenger load factor in the month of December 2020 has shown declining trend compared to the previous month primarily due to the end of tourist season,” the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said.


The occupancy rate at SpiceJet was 78 per cent last month, highest among the six major Indian carriers.

The DGCA data mentioned that in December, IndiGo had the best on-time performance of 94.9 per cent at four metro airports – Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

India resumed domestic passenger flights on May 25 after a gap of two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Indian airlines are allowed to operate a maximum of 80 per cent of their pre-COVID-19 domestic flights.


The aviation sector has been badly impacted due to travel restrictions in India and other countries due to the coronavirus pandemic.

All airlines in India have taken cost-cutting measures such as wage cuts, unpaid vacation and layoffs to help manage the crisis.

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