Friday, August 24, 2018

IndiGo goes from strength to strength at Delhi

IndiGo was the largest Indian-registered airline in 2017, based on published capacity. The LCC offered 60 million seats across its network last year, placing it significantly ahead of second placed Jet Airways, which provided 33.46 million seats. Data from Flightradar24 shows that IndiGo’s current fleet consists of 10 ATR 72-600s and 168 A320s, including 43 A320neos. The largest airport in its network is Delhi, which is also the busiest airport in India, handling 63.45 million passengers in 2017, according to’s Rest of the World Airport Traffic Trends Database. We decided to take a closer look at the relationship between India’s premier LCC and its largest airport.

IndiGo offered 2.70 million two-way seats on flights to and from Delhi in 2008, by 2017 this had grown by 636% to 19.86 million. The LCC increased its available seats every year during this period, often by double-digit margins. In fact, there were only two years in which the year-on-year growth rate fell below 20%, with this occurring in 2013 and 2017. The largest single increase was 52.3% in 2011. The average annual growth rate for the period was an impressive 25.5%, although last year marked the carrier’s smallest percentage increase (5.5%) in capacity from Delhi over the period 2008 to 2017. Early indications are that the carrier’s growth rate for 2018 could be similar to that experienced in 2017, with it currently scheduled to operate 5.3% more seats from Delhi this year.

Domestic destinations dominate IndiGo’s scheduled seat offering at Delhi. From 2008 to 2017 the carrier only flew domestic links from India’s biggest hub, before introducing international connectivity in 2011. Its domestic capacity at the airport increased by 613% between 2008 and 2017, growing from 2.70 million seats to 19.24 million. International capacity grew from 146,000 seats in 2011 to 617,000 in 2017, representing a 322% percentage increase in the space of six years. The international share of IndiGo’s total capacity from Delhi peaked at 7% in 2012 and 2013, before dropping back down to represent 3% of seats in 2017.