Domestic air traffic up by nearly 10% in Oct
New Delhi: Domestic air traffic grew almost ten percent last month compared to that in September with IndiGo claiming it had flown almost one-third of total passengers in October.
Passengers carried by all domestic carriers between January and October this year was 507.02 lakh as against 483.95 lakh in 2012, registering a growth of 4.77 percent, official data showed.
It also showed that the airlines together flew 50.08 lakh passengers in October compared to 45.55 lakh in September, reflecting a 9.9 percent growth.
The data, collated by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation from the airlines themselves, showed IndiGo had the maximum market-share of 30.2 percent last month, followed by its no-frill competitor SpiceJet with 20 percent.
Jet Airways-JetLite combine claimed a market-share of 23.8 percent, followed by Air India (Domestic) with 18.4. GoAir and start-up carrier Air Costa had 7.7 percent and 0.1 percent respectively.
Good news for Air India was its passenger load factor at 70.7 percent, just after the top-runner IndiGo which registered 74.8 percent. The load factor recorded for all other airlines hovered between 48.5 and 68.9 percent.
The top four airlines in terms of number of passengers carried during the January-October period this year were IndiGo with 147.15 lakh, Air India 96.80 lakh, SpiceJet 96.49 lakh and Jet Airways 93.67 lakh, the DGCA data showed.