Thursday, December 07, 2017

Mumbai Airport capacity grows for fifth straight year; Jet Airways is largest carrier, international expansion leads the way in 2017

Mumbai Airport is the second largest in India, based on departing one-way seat capacity in 2017. The only  airport with more departing seats is Delhi, with Mumbai providing 94% more capacity than Bengaluru, the third largest departure point in the country. Mumbai has seen consistent growth over the past 10 years with the only marginal cut in departing capacity occurring in 2012, which was due in part to the demise of Kingfisher Airlines, which suspended operations in October of that year. Since then the airport has experienced five consecutive years of capacity increases.

International capacity on the up, but domestic dominates

In 2008 there were 19.98 million seats on offer from Mumbai and three years of growth saw this increase to 21.37 million by 2011. A marginal cut in seats the following year led to static seat numbers in 2012. From 2012 to 2017 the airport returned to growth, with available seat numbers increasing by more than one-third. The average capacity per departing flight has increased from 174 to 186 seats at Mumbai from 2008 to 2017. Interestingly, the average capacity on domestic services increased from 155 to 171 seats during this period, but on international departures it fell from 247 to 236 seats.
Domestic services continue to dominate Mumbai’s departure board, accounting for 70.9% of all departing seats in 2017. Domestic capacity has increased its market share at India’s second largest hub by one percentage point since 2008. Over the past 10 years, Mumbai has experienced an increase in both domestic and international capacity, although the former has seen a slightly higher average growth rate over that period. The number of seats available on domestic flights increased by 45.9% from 2008 to 2017, compared to a 39.3% increase in departing international capacity. In 2017 international capacity witnessed  stronger year-on-year percentage growth than domestic seats for the first time in the past 10 years, with 7.6% and 1.6% increases respectively.

Seven of the top 12 published capacity providers from Mumbai in 2017 are Indian operators. Jet Airways remains the airport’s largest carrier, a position it has held in each of the past 10 years. The airline provides 28.2% of all departing seats from Mumbai in 2017. More than two-thirds of Jet Airways’ capacity from Mumbai is domestic. This analysis splits the capacity of Jet Airways and JetKonnect, since the latter still has a separate IATA code under which it is recognised as a published operator in OAG schedules. If the JetKonnect seats were considered alongside those of its parent, the combined total would account for 31.7% of all departing seats from Mumbai in 2017. Of the five non-Indian operators in the top 12, three are Middle Eastern airlines.