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%).