43 percent reduction in the number of domestic air passengers due to the third variant of Corona in January

Domestic Air Travel Declines: The effect of weekend curfew and curbs imposed by the state governments to prevent the new variant of the corona epidemic, Omicron, has been seen on domestic air travel in January 2022. Due to the fear of Corona, people have avoided traveling by air.

According to rating agency Icra (ICRA), the travel of domestic air passengers in January 2022 has decreased by about 43 percent as compared to December 2021. Only 64 lakh air passengers have taken flight in January 2022. Whereas in December 2021, the number of domestic air passengers was 112 lakh.

The rating agency said that the recovery process will be slow in the March quarter and the sector will remain under pressure due to the rise in air fuel prices. Icra said passenger traffic declined by 17 per cent year-on-year last month. In January 2021, the number of domestic air passengers was 77 lakh.

Apart from this, airlines operated 62,979 flights seven percent less in January 2022, compared to 67,877 in January 2021. There was a 27 percent drop in the number of flights on a monthly basis. Supriyo Banerjee, Vice President and Region Head, ICRA, said the decline was due to the outbreak of Omicron in January 2022 and low demand from the corporate segment as well as the tourism sector being affected.

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