Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Trouble-hit Jet Airways performed better than Indigo and Air India, says DGCA data

Troubles for Jet Airways are mounting by the day, but the full-service carrier not only held its ground but did better than others including market leader Indigo and Air India on key metrics.

Data from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) shows that Jet Airways fared well on key parameters like passenger load factor, on-time performance and number of passengers affected due to flight delays and cancellations.

With lessors de-registering Jet fleet and amid pilots and crew threatening to go on strike over non-payment of salaries, one would imagine Jet Airways to top the list of airlines affecting passengers due to flight cancellations and delays. Ironically, that distinction went to Indigo and Air India.

For instance, in February, a staggering 1,13,665 passengers flying Indigo were affected due to delays beyond two hours, followed by Air India (53,498 passengers affected), as against Jet's 529 -- one of the lowest among operators. Experts reckon the reason to a large fleet size of other carriers compared to Jet, whose number is sliced to the bone and currently stands at 26 from about 116.

Given that Jet's fleet is fast depleting, the number of cancellations too should be high, but that's likely to reflect in March data. At least in February, yet again, Indigo's passengers were most affected due to cancellations at 41,549 passengers, while Jet Airways and Jet Lite's combined number stood at 13,595 passengers.
10/04/19 Sunitha Natti/New Indian Express