The number of people traveling by plane decreased significantly in May 2021 due to restrictions on traveling by plane due to the second wave of the Korena virus. Domestic air traffic decreased by 63 percent in May compared to April 2021. According to the Indian aviation regulator, the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), 57.30 lakh people traveled by plane in April, which came down to 21.15 lakh in May.
In May last year, regular passenger flights were completely closed for the first 24 days. Domestic flights were allowed from May 25 after a two-month break. The number of passengers continued to increase from May 2020 to February 2021. After this, it decreased for the next three months.
Passengers refused to travel by plane in May because state governments had made negative RT-PCR test reports mandatory for air travelers. To control the ever-increasing cases of corona virus in the country, restrictions like lockdown or curfew were imposed in most of the states.
Affordable airline SpiceJet’s PLF declined from 70.8 per cent in April to 64 per cent in May. Despite this, it remained ahead of other airlines in this matter. This was followed by GoAir’s PLF of 63.3 percent, IndiGo’s 51.2 percent, AirAsia India’s 44.4 percent, Star Air’s 41.2 percent, Vistara’s 40.9 percent and Air India’s 39.3 percent, respectively.
DGCA said that in March 2021, 78.22 lakh people traveled through domestic flights. Whereas in February 2021, 78.27 lakh people traveled in the plane inside the country. The reason for the slowdown in air traffic this year is the second wave of Covid-19, which has badly affected India and its aviation sector. The government suspended domestic flight services from March 25, 2020 to May 24, 2020, leading to a huge drop in traffic and revenue.
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