India’s domestic aviation traffic grew by about 23% in January as compared to the corresponding period last year on back on the back of strong demand fuelled by falling oil prices.
Indian carriers together flew 76.55 lakh passengers in January 2016 as compared to 62.45 lakh fliers ferried by them during the same period in the previous year, logging 22.58 per cent growth, according to the latest data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
No-frills carrier IndiGo maintained its leadership position carrying 27.26 lakh passengers, more than one-thirds of the total traffic pie, while another budget carrier SpiceJet continued seeing highest seat occupancy in its aircraft at 92.1 per cent during the month.
“For the ninth consecutive month in a row, SpiceJet has once again recorded the highest passenger load factor of all airlines in India. The load factor for January, 2016 was 92.1%. In addition, the cancellation rate for the airline at 0.5% was the lowest of all pan India operators and the On-Time Performance (app 75%) was amongst the best,” said a SpiceJet spokesperson.
While, Jet Airways and JetLite combined flew flew 21.4 lakh passengers with a market share of 21.4 per cent, national carrier Air India transported 12.23 lakh passengers, cornering 16 per cent of the total air passenger traffic in January 2016. SpiceJet and GoAir also carried 10.11 lakh and 6.20 lakh passengers respectively during this period, according to the DGCA data.
On the other side, the number of passengers flown by the two startup carriers Vistar and AirAsia during January stood at 1.50 lakh and 1.75 lakh respectively, cornering 2 per cent and 2.3 per cent market share respectively.
The passenger load factor in the month of January 2016 has slightly decreased compared to previous month primarily due to the end of tourist season, the DGCA said.
Data on the on-time performance showed Vistara leading the industry with 86.6 percent punctuality at four major airports of Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai. It was followed by Jet Airways and JetLite (75.4), IndiGo (75), SpiceJet (74.7), and Air India’s domestic operations (65).
Meanwhile, Air Costa had the highest numbers of cancellations at 11.46 percent followed by Air Pegasus (10.83), Air India (1.91), Trujet (1.22), IndiGo (0.99), Vistara (0.59), GoAir (0.55), Jet Airways (0.52), SpiceJet (0.51), AirAsia India (0.50) and JetLite (0.23).
“The overall cancellation rate of scheduled domestic airlines for the month of January 2016 has been 1.10 percent,” the DGCA noted.