Domestic air passenger traffic grew 18.60 percent to around 13.90 crore during January-December 2018 over the same period a year ago, according to data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Private carriers together flew 12.14 crore passengers during January-December 2018 period, registering the growth of 19.46 percent compared to the same period a year ago. The state-owned Air India flew 1.76 crore passengers, registering a growth 13.0 percent during January-December 2018 period.
Budget carrier IndiGo continued to be the market leader, carrying 5.76 crore passengers in 2018, translating into market share of 41.5 percent, while full-service carrier Jet Airways followed it, carrying 1.91 crore passengers (13.8 percent share). Along with JetLite, Jet Airways market share reached at 15.5 percent. Air India clocked a market share of 12.7 percent and SpiceJet cornered 12.3 percent market share.
GoAir had a market share of 9 percent in 2018. AirAsia and Vistara witnessed market share of 4.9 percent and 3.8 percent respectively.
According to the DGCA data, budget carrier SpiceJet recorded the highest load factor during the December at 92.7 percent, followed by IndiGo at 88.9 percent. The load factor of state-run Air India, in comparison, stood at 81.2 percent in December.
The passenger load factor in the month of December 2018 has increased compared to previous month primarily due to the ongoing tourist season, said the airline regulator.
The cancellation rate of Air India was the highest 2.40 percent for December. In the case of Trujet and Spicejet, it was 1.07 percent and 0.72 percent respectively.
As many as 1,51,730 lakh passengers were affected because of delays by all the domestic carriers put together, as per DGCA report.
With regard to on-time performance (OTP), Go Air lead the rest, registering an OTP of 83 percent in the month of December. The OTP was based on the data collected from the airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad only. It followed by SpiceJet 77.9 percent and Vistara 77.7 percent.
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Updated Date: Jan 22, 2019 15:29:19 IST