Saturday, November 05, 2016

Indian airlines lead in capacity addition this winter

Indian airlines expect this winter to be good for business and they have added capacity like never before, beating their peers across the globe.

According to data collected from air travel intelligence, domestic market leader IndiGo leads the charts in capacity addition this winter. It added 285,660 seats in November to the capacity it had in the same month a year ago.

This makes it the fastest growing airline, ahead of global low-cost majors like Ryanair, which has increased capacity by 13.7 per cent or 260,064 seats. Gulf majors Qatar Airways and Emirates have increased capacity by 128,408 seats or 17.2 per cent, and 122,469 seats or 9.2 per cent, respectively. Another low-cost carrier from India, SpiceJet, will fly 73,565 seats or 29.9 per cent more than it did in the same period last year.

According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), there will be a 20.8 per cent increase in the number of flights in winter 2016 at 16,600 a week, compared to 13,744 a week last winter.
05/11/16 Arindam Majumder/Business Standard