Thursday, January 18, 2007

Air Deccan beats Indian again, grabs No 2 slot

Mumbai: For the second time in a year, Air Deccan overtook state-owned Indian (formerly Indian Airlines) in 2006, making it country’s second-largest domestic carrier.
According to preliminary numbers from the aviation ministry, the low-cost carrier’s market share for the peak months of November and December stood at 19.7 per cent and 19.8 per cent respectively against 19 per cent for Indian.
Air Deccan’s rise to number two position after Jet Airways continues a trend that began in June last year when it overtook Indian for the first time. In that month, figures released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation showed that Air Deccan had a market share of 21.2 per cent against 20.8 per cent for Indian.
Low-cost carriers have steadily expanded their market shares over the past year. In December, their collective share stood at 32 per cent over 20.8 per cent at the start of 2006.
18/01/07 P R Sanjai/Business Standard
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