Thursday, April 19, 2018

Air traffic soars in March, SpiceJet leads the show

New Delhi: Domestic airlines posted a 28% growth in passengers flown during March from a year-ago period, data released by the aviation regulator showed. Indian carriers carried 11.6 million passengers during the month, up from 9 million in March last year, according to the data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Wednesday.

All the main scheduled carriers flew their planes with over 80% of their seats full. Gurugram-based SpiceJet maintained its pole position in terms of load factor by flying its planes 95% full, followed by IndiGo, which flew its planes with 89% seats full despite problems with its Airbus 320 (neo) aircraft.

Vistara which flies its planes in a three-class configuration — economy, premium economy and business — was third by flying its planes with 88.2% seats full.

“Clocking 95% occupancy in the traditionally lean travel month of March is an achievement that we are proud of. For three years in a row, SpiceJet has flown with the highest load factors in the Indian aviation market. For 35 months in a row, our loads have been in excess of 90% — a feat unparalleled in global aviation history and a milestone that we are proud of,” Shilpa Bhatia, chief sales and revenue officer at SpiceJet, was quoted in a statement.

Jet Airways improved its on-time performance after staying lowest in the ladder for the past five months by operating 75.2% of its flights on time; IndiGo topped the list by operating 84.1% of its flights on time. SpiceJet was second, having operated 83.9% of its flights on time, followed by Vistara that operated 83% of its flights on time.

IndiGo remained the market leader in terms of passenger carriage by flying 39.5% of the total passengers during March. Jet Airways followed in terms of market share, by carrying 16.6% of the passengers flown during the month. SpiceJet was the third largest carrier accounting for 13.7% of the passengers flown during March.
19/04/18 Economic Times