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11-month FY2017 growth for Indian carriers was 11.6% YoY, better than 8.5% YoY growth for industry

ANI  |  New Delhi  April 18, 2017 Last Updated at 15:15 IST

A study conducted by credit-rating body revealed a decline in the domestic passenger traffic growth in February 2017.

After witnessing a consistent 20 per cent year-on-year (YoY) growth since October 2015, numbers dropped to 15.7 per cent in February 2017.

attributed the decline to off-peak season for the along with high base effect where the growth has remained robust over last three fiscals. The traffic growth for the 11-month FY2017 period remained robust at 22.5 per cent YoY.

The traffic growth on international routes, however, remained moderate with the reporting 6.8 per cent YoY growth during February 2017. Nevertheless, performance of the Indian carriers on international routes continued to remain better than the industry, with 12.1 per cent growth in traffic.

The 11-month FY2017 growth for Indian carriers was 11.6 per cent YoY, better than 8.5 per cent YoY growth for the industry, which translated into gradual improvement in market share of the Indian carriers on international routes.

In line with the fall in demand during off-peak season, the growth in capacity addition, measured in available seat kilometers (ASKM) on domestic routes was lower at 13.8 per cent as against around 20 per cent for the last 15 months.

The reported healthy domestic passenger load factor (PLF) of 87.2 per cent in February 2017 and 84.6 per cent in the 11m FY2017 period, at the expense of lower yields. The international PLFs for Indian carriers remained weaker as compared to the domestic performance with 79 per cent PLF in February 2017 and 78.4 per cent during 11m FY2017.

Continued low airfares due to intense competition remained a key driver for the growth. Icra, however, expects the sizeable fleet expansion by the incumbents and scaling up of operations by new to continue going forward, resulting in sizeable capacity addition in the

“We have highlighted in the past about pressure on performance of regional due to intense competition in the The same is reflected in suspension of operations of Air Pegasus and Air Costa from July 2016 and February 2017, respectively. Apart from competition, profitability of the also remains vulnerable to increase in aviation turbine fuel (ATF) prices and cost efficiencies,” said Kinjal Shah, AVP and Co Head, Corporate Sector Ratings, Ltd.

“Going forward, the profitability of the would remain contingent on ATF prices, considering the yields are likely to remain under pressure. In the context of sizeable planned capacity addition in the industry, structural changes and cost efficiencies would remain critical for commercial viability of airlines,” she added.

Domestic passenger traffic growth drops to 15.7% in February: Icra

11-month FY2017 growth for Indian carriers was 11.6% YoY, better than 8.5% YoY growth for industry

11-month FY2017 growth for Indian carriers was 11.6% YoY, better than 8.5% YoY growth for industry

A study conducted by credit-rating body revealed a decline in the domestic passenger traffic growth in February 2017.

After witnessing a consistent 20 per cent year-on-year (YoY) growth since October 2015, numbers dropped to 15.7 per cent in February 2017.

attributed the decline to off-peak season for the along with high base effect where the growth has remained robust over last three fiscals. The traffic growth for the 11-month FY2017 period remained robust at 22.5 per cent YoY.

The traffic growth on international routes, however, remained moderate with the reporting 6.8 per cent YoY growth during February 2017. Nevertheless, performance of the Indian carriers on international routes continued to remain better than the industry, with 12.1 per cent growth in traffic.

The 11-month FY2017 growth for Indian carriers was 11.6 per cent YoY, better than 8.5 per cent YoY growth for the industry, which translated into gradual improvement in market share of the Indian carriers on international routes.

In line with the fall in demand during off-peak season, the growth in capacity addition, measured in available seat kilometers (ASKM) on domestic routes was lower at 13.8 per cent as against around 20 per cent for the last 15 months.

The reported healthy domestic passenger load factor (PLF) of 87.2 per cent in February 2017 and 84.6 per cent in the 11m FY2017 period, at the expense of lower yields. The international PLFs for Indian carriers remained weaker as compared to the domestic performance with 79 per cent PLF in February 2017 and 78.4 per cent during 11m FY2017.

Continued low airfares due to intense competition remained a key driver for the growth. Icra, however, expects the sizeable fleet expansion by the incumbents and scaling up of operations by new to continue going forward, resulting in sizeable capacity addition in the

“We have highlighted in the past about pressure on performance of regional due to intense competition in the The same is reflected in suspension of operations of Air Pegasus and Air Costa from July 2016 and February 2017, respectively. Apart from competition, profitability of the also remains vulnerable to increase in aviation turbine fuel (ATF) prices and cost efficiencies,” said Kinjal Shah, AVP and Co Head, Corporate Sector Ratings, Ltd.

“Going forward, the profitability of the would remain contingent on ATF prices, considering the yields are likely to remain under pressure. In the context of sizeable planned capacity addition in the industry, structural changes and cost efficiencies would remain critical for commercial viability of airlines,” she added.

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