Tata Sons’ venture with Singapore Airlines Vistara which took to skies last month recorded industry-low occupancy of 45 per cent in January.
As per data available with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Vistara recorded passenger load factor (PLF) of 45.4 per cent in January, which is the lowest among the eight scheduled airlines operating in the country.
While Jet Airways and JetLite registered highest occupancy of 87 per cent, IndiGo followed with PLF of 85.2 per cent. Air India came third managing to fill 82.4 per cent of every 100 seats flown by the carrier. SpiceJet and GoAir recorded PLF of 80 per cent and 79.2 per cent, respectively.
IndiGo continued to delivering best on-time performance compared to other Indian airlines. IndiGo posted OTP of 73.3 per cent during the month, followed by GoAir and Jet Airways which managed to operate 65.8 per cent and 63.7 per cent of its flights on time, respectively. Air India trailed behind with OTP of 52.1 per cent. SpiceJet was the worst performer with only 49.6 per cent of its flights taking off on-time from the airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.
Indian airlines carried 6.23 million passengers last month, which is an increase of 21.3 per cent over the 5.15 million passengers who flew in January.
IndiGo was the biggest beneficiary of the SpiceJet crisis. IndiGo recorded a market share of 36.4 per cent in January (up from 36.1 per cent in December 2014) while
SpiceJet’s share slipped further to 9.4 per cent from 10.4 per cent in December.
Jet Airways remained the number two airline with a market share of 24.1 per cent. Air India was ranked third with 18.7 per cent share and GoAir reported market share of 8.9 per cent (down from 9.3 per cent in December).