Domestic airlines register higher load factor in Feb on fewer flights

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Mumbai | Updated: March 28, 2015 1:25:23 AM

The passenger load factor (PLF) of domestic carriers rose significantly in February over the previous month...

The passenger load factor (PLF) of domestic carriers rose significantly in February over the previous month, thanks to a reduction in the number of flights and more equitable distribution of load, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) data released on Friday showed.

According to the data, JetLite (89.7%) and Jet Airways (89.5%) registered the highest PLF among commercial airlines. Figures for low-cost carriers such as Indigo (88%), SpiceJet (85.6%), GoAir (85.9%) and AirAsia India (77.9%) were also higher than those for previous month.


National carrier Air India reported a PLF of 83.3% while newly launched full-service carrier Vistara recorded a mere 58.6%.

The total number of passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-February rose 21.48% to 123 crore from the same period previous year.

However, Vistara — a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines that launched operations in January — cancelled more flights than any other airline during February. It cancelled 2.28% flights during the month as against the industry average of 0.6%.

During February, JetLite cancelled 1.86% of its total flights, followed by AirAsia India (1.5%), SpiceJet (1.04%), Air India (1.01%), GoAir (0.76%), Jet Airways (0.42%) and IndiGo (0.15%). Air Costa was the only airline not to have cancelled any flight during the month.

Indigo recorded the best on-time performance (OTP) at four metro airports with 83.8% flights arriving and departing on schedule. The OTP of other airlines for February was as follows: SpiceJet (75.8%), GoAir (74.7%), Jet Airways and Jet Lite (74.3%) and Air India (70.9%).

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