Mumbai: Despite a marginal improvement in the seat factor, the national carrier Air India (AI) has lost its market share in April, helping the low-cost airline SpiceJet to become the third-largest airline in the month with a market share of 17.7 percent, according to the latest data from the sectoral regulator DGCA.
The fall in the market share of AI is significant as the national carrier has seen an improvement in its seat factor from 68.9 to 70.5 percent in the reporting month.
The media baron Kalanithi Maran-owned SpiceJet had 17.1 percent market share in March.
The Chennai-based airline saw its seat factor jumping a full 7 percent points to 80 (second best in the industry) in April from 73 in March, while the second-biggest gainer on this front was IndiGo, which saw its seat factor rising from 76.5 percent in March to 82 percent in April, which is the highest in the industry.
However, the biggest gainer in the month was IndiGo, whose market share jumped from 21.9 percent to 23.8 percent, while Jet Group, too, lost a tad of its market share from 29.2 in March to 28.2 percent in April.
In April, Air India's market share came down to 17.6 percent from 17.9 percent in the previous month, while the troubled Kingfisher Airlines continues to languish at the last slot (sixth) with its share further dipping in the reporting month to 5.4 percent, which is a full 1 percentage point decline from March, show the DGCA data.
At the top slot is the Jet Airways group with a combined market share of 28.2 per cent (21.4 percent for Jet Airways and 6.8 percent for Jet Konnect). In March, the combined share of the Jet Group stood at 29.2 percent.
The fifth slot went to GoAir with 7.3 percent, down from 7.5 percent in the previous month.
Jet also saw its seat factor improving to 76.8 percent from 77.3 percent. So was the case with KFA, which also had a major spike in its seat factor from 69.5 percent in March to 77 percent in April.
First Published: Saturday, May 19, 2012, 10:12