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Domestic air traffic up 22 per cent in May

The domestic airlines flew 47.85 lakh passengers in May, an increase of almost 22 per cent over the number carried in the same period in the previous year. The number of passengers flown in May is the highest reported in a month by the domestic industry during the calendar year. The latest data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) show that except for Kingfisher Airlines and Paramount, the other six airlines flew more passengers compared with the same period in the previous year. The industry reported a seat factor of over 77 per cent indicating that there were fewer empty seats on the aircraft being operated. While NACIL (I) reported a seat factor of 77.8 per cent, the low-cost airline IndiGo reported the highest seat factor of 92.3 per cent.