(CAPA) Air Deccan, Indias largest low cost airline, announced that it had recorded a 32% increase in the number of passengers it flew in May 2007, compared to May 2006.
The airline carried 704,043 passengers in May 2007, as compared to 533,376 in May 2006.The average load factor in May 2007 remained high at 85%, and also witnessed an increase over May 2006 where the loads averaged around 82%.
In the same period last year the airline had 250 daily services and today the figure has risen to 350 services a day registering a 40% growth. The airline today provides the widest connectivity in India, operating to 65 destinations this year, as against 55 cities last May. Air Deccan has flown over 11 million passengers since its inception in the year 2003.
Mr Samyukth Sridharan, Chief Revenue Officer and Head of Marketing, said, “This growth in passenger traffic has largely been driven by rapid route and capacity expansion by Air Deccan. We have added 100 new services and ten new destinations to our network map since May last year, increasing the daily seat capacity by 34%. Our on-time performance is amongst the best in the industry and in May the figure stood at 99.48% (within 1 hour). Our new reservation system, introduced in February 07 has now successfully integrated and all the teething problems that had cropped due to the migration have been ironed out. With efficient systems and a strong workforce we shall strive to maintain healthy loads all the year round.”
Strengthening of the Indian economy over the years has aided passenger growth and created demand for both business and leisure travel. Historically passenger traffic in India sees an upward surge during May, due to increasing vacation traffic and the holiday season.