Thursday, December 13, 2018

India international capacity up 5.6% in 2018; IndiGo adds most foreign seats while Sri Lanka sees the most growth this year

International capacity to/from India is continuing to grow. From 2009 to 2018, the number of two-way seats available on international services grew by 76%. In 2018, 80.63 million two-way international seats were scheduled on flights serving India, a 5.6% increase on the previous year. In the past week alone, more notable international routes have been introduced, including Air Italy and WOW air beginning services to Delhi from Milan Malpensa and Reykjavik/Keflavik respectively, plus Air India restoring a non-stop link between Mumbai and New York JFK. IndiGo also launched a new link between Vijayawada and Singapore. With this in mind, thought it was high time to take a look at India’s international route developments trends over the past 10 years.
Jet Airways offers the most scheduled seats on international flights from India in 2018, with 9.97 million, ahead of Air India on 8.63 million. Air India Express is treated as a separate carrier, since it operates under its own IATA code. If Air India’s capacity was combined with the 5.03 million non-domestic seats flown by Air India Express, then that joint entity would be the largest provider of international capacity serving India in 2018. IndiGo is the fourth largest provider of international capacity to/from India, but the LCC was the airline with the best net growth in international seats in 2018. It increased its two-way international seat count by 1.67 million in 2018. representing a 49% increase in IndiGo’s international offering versus 2017. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, IndiGo will offer scheduled seats on 28 new international routes in 2018. Eight new international destinations have been added to the LCC’s network this year, namely Abu Dhabi, Colombo, Dhaka, Hong Kong, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait City and Male.