Lately, passenger traffic had contracted in April-September due to factors such as economic slowdown, high fares and capacity constraint.
The Irkut MC-21 mid-range jet airliner performs during a demonstration flight at the MAKS 2019 air show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia. (Image: Reuters)
India is expected to end the calendar year 2019 with around 640 civilian aircraft and a four per cent jump in passenger traffic despite a general economic slowdown along with the grounding of a major domestic carrier.
According to Arun Kumar, Director General of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation: “Domestic airlines have augmented capacity since Jet’s grounding. At that time the number of total aircraft in the country had fallen to 540.”