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Domestic passenger traffic reaches 12mn in December; highest since pre-pandemic

India’s domestic air passenger traffic was at 12.9 million in December, the highest since January 2020, according to government data.

Domestic air passenger traffic was at 13 million and 12.78 million in December 2019 and in January 2020, respectively. In February and March 2020, passenger traffic had fallen to 12.37 million and 7.76 million, respectively. Subsequently, air travel was shut for two months before resuming in May 2020.

India witnessed a record number of air travellers on 24 December, as 435,500 people took to the skies on 2,904 flights. This was also higher than the daily average of 2,900 flight departures and 400,000 air passengers in the pre-covid year of 2019.

Traditionally, the October-December period is a strong quarter due to the festive holiday season.

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