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Domestic air traffic down 67% in May, reaches June-July 2020 levels

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Rashi Bisaria | June 4, 2021

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COVID 2nd wave: Domestic air traffic down 67% in May, reaches June-July 2020 levels

Domestic passenger traffic stood at 19-20 lakh in May compared to 57.3 lakh in April 2021, recording a sequential decline of 65-67 per cent, ratings agency ICRA said in a report. The air traffic plunge in May was lower than the June-July 2020 levels when India was under the strictest lockdown.

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