Air passenger traffic in the country grew by 21.33 per cent in January over the year-ago period despite the domestic airlines clocking a reduced seat factor.
All Indian carriers combined together ferried 62.45 lakh passengers in the reporting month as compared to 57.47 lakh passengers carried by them in January 2014, according to data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) here today.
During the month, budget carrier IndiGo cornered 36.4 per cent of the total domestic traffic, carrying 22.76 lakh flyers in January 2015. The load factor of the airline during this period stood at 85.2 per cent.
Jet Airways and Air India flew 12.25 lakh and 11.65 lakh passengers respectively, cornering 19.6 per and 18.7 per cent of the total pie.
The market share of the SpiceJet, however, went down significantly to 9.7 per cent after the carrier cancelled a large chunk of its flights amid cash crunch during the month.
Interestingly, Tata-SIA joint venture carrier Vistara, which was launched in January, managed to fill only 45.4 per cent seats on its aircraft in the first month of its operations.
As against this, Jet Airways clocked 87.4 per cent load factor followed by national carrier Air India, which had 82.4 per cent of its aircraft seat filled during January.