Saturday, August 24, 2019

IndiGo largest Indian carrier for international, domestic travel: CAPA

New Delhi: IndiGo’s dominance of the Indian skies is now complete. While it has long been the largest domestic player, the low-cost carrier is now the biggest in terms of flying people in and out of India too.
According to CAPA Centre for aviation, “IndiGo has now overtaken Air India to become the largest single international airline operating to/from India in terms of seats deployed, accounting for 11.7% of total capacity. IndiGo is now the leader in both the domestic & international markets in India."
For this calendar year, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) data for international travel as of now is available only for the January-March period. In that quarter, DGCA data shows Air India flew 17.6 lakh in and out of India, making it the largest single Indian carrier (not a group) for international travel. It was followed by Jet Airways at 16.8 lakh; IndiGo at 14.5 lakh. The AI Group, AI and AI Express (11.3 lakh) together, flew 28.9 lakh international travellers in that period.
Things changed quickly after this quarter when Jet Airways stopped flying on April 17. Its international flying rights and domestic airport slots were given “temporarily” to other Indian carriers so that they add flights and help rein in fares that had begun defying gravity due to the crunch caused by Jet shutting down.
With a steady aircraft order — with over 330 Airbus A320s and A321s on order which are joining the fleet regularly — IndiGo was able to add a large number of international flights on Jet’s rights. This leap, according to CAPA, made it overtake AI which due to its weak financial health could not fill in Jet’s unutilized medium and long haul destinations.
24/08/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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