Marginal increase in domestic passenger traffic
New Delhi: Domestic passenger traffic marginally grew by less than a percentage point in the first five months of this year to almost 260 lakh, which was two lakh more than the same period last year, official data showed on Tuesday.
No-frill airline IndiGo continued to dominate the domestic aviation market by cornering 29.5 percent of its share in May, followed by Jet Airways and its subsidiary JetLite with 22.5 percent, the air traffic figures showed.
While SpiceJet was in the third place with 19.8 percent market share, Air India (Domestic) followed closely with 19.1 percent and GoAir with nine percent.
The traffic carried by all Indian carriers in May was 57.10 lakh as against 54.48 lakh in the same month last year.
Passengers carried by domestic airlines between January and May this year stood at 259.98 lakh, compared with 258.08 lakh in the same period last year, registering a growth of 0.74 percent.
IndiGo also recorded the highest passenger load factor (PLF) of 89.6 percent, with GoAir in the second place with 85.8 percent. PLF is a measure of how much of an airline's passenger carrying capacity or number of seats is being used.
Full service carrier Air India was in the third position with 82 percent, much ahead of its prime competitor Jet Airways which registered 75.1 percent. SpiceJet was in the fourth position with 80.9 percent load factor.
Meanwhile, airlines' body IATA came out with its global air traffic analysis for April, saying the number of passengers flying internationally in business or first class was 3.8 percent higher this April compared to a year ago.
The economy class passenger numbers rose just by 0.9 percent in April, which was a "sharp fall" from the 7.4 percent growth in the previous month.
Markets of emerging regions like South Asia "continue to be the primary source of growth in international premium travel. Long-haul passengers connecting through Middle Eastern hubs help support strong growth on markets like Europe-Middle East, which was up 11.2 percent in April," the IATA analysis said.