Low-cost airline Indigo maintained its leadership position in the domestic market by carrying 25.9 lakh passengers in October with a market share of 36.8 %, the latest monthly data by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) showed.
Jet Airways and Air India came distant second and third by flying 13.23 lakh and 10.88 lakh passengers respectively and their market share stood at 18.8 and 15.5%.
The market share of another low-cost carrier SpiceJet stood at 12.8% while the same for GoAir stood at 8.4% during the month.
Overall, the number of passengers carried by airlines within the country increased by 19.96% y-o-y to 660.60 lakh from 550.69 lakh passengers in the corresponding period last year. The increasing number of passengers in October is indicative of the trend where airlines are emerging as the preferred mode of transport.
With regard to the passenger load factor (PLF) which shows the capacity utilisation of an airline and a key parameter of measuring profitability, SpiceJet tops the chart with 92.1% occupancy. This is a result of high discounts on tickets offered by the airline on its routes. The passenger load factor in the month of October 2015 has shown increasing trend compared to previous month primarily due to the onset of tourist season.
SpiceJet was followed by Indigo with a PLF of 82.4% while GoAir stood third at 81.2%. “We continue to deliver strong performance by winning back customer performance and by providing good onboard service. Our On-Time Performance has also shown a significant improvement over the past few months. We have the lowest flight cancellations this month and are confident that this will bring us more customers,” said Shilpa Bhatia, senior vice president and head of sales and distribution, SpiceJet.
With respect to OTP computed from four airports of Delhi, Mumbai Hyderabad and Bangalore, Vistara, Indigo Airlines and SpiceJet occupy the first three positions with 93.7%, 89.6% and 86.9% flights operating on time, respectively.