Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Delhi’s top-20 international routes had 7.5 million P2P passengers in 2019

Delhi top-20 international routes had 7.5 million point-to-point passengers in 2019, up by 4% YOY.

With 937,000, Dubai was Delhi’s top route – but traffic was down by 10% because of a 32% increase in one-way base fare.  This pushed Delhi – Dubai revenue up by 17% to an estimated $124 million.

IndiGo significantly cut Dubai capacity: it was down by 30% as the market adjusted to the loss of Jet Airways.  This was offset by Air India increasing its offering to three-daily, up from two – all by B787-8s.

The average number of airlines across these 20 routes was three, OAG schedules data shows.  Dubai had the most with seven, followed by Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and Kathmandu with six apiece.

In contrast, Vancouver, New York JFK, and Melbourne had one each. Singapore Airlines’ top connecting country-pair is India – Australia, while Vancouver will see a second non-stop operator later this year.

Even Kabul, Delhi’s 12th largest market with 259,000, had four carriers: Air India, Ariana Afghan, Kam Air, and SpiceJet.  Kam Air’s A340-300 was the most used type.

Mumbai had more passengers than Delhi to just three of these 20: Dubai, Jeddah, and Kuwait.

Tokyo Narita had 220,000 passengers last year.  Air India, All Nippon, and Japan Airlines all operated non-stop, typically with a combined 17-weekly service.

Narita stands out for its high average one-way fare of $727, booking data shows.  (This excludes taxes and a 20-30% fuel surcharge.) 

This is 131% higher than the $315 average to Heathrow – despite Heathrow being 14% farther.

We previously showed that Hanoi’s average fare to Tokyo was more than to Paris CDG.

And earlier this year, we looked at Dhaka’s top unserved routes, and Tokyo was top by fare per kilometre.

Heathrow, Delhi’s third-largest market with 663,000 passengers, saw Vistara start in August 2020.  Meanwhile, SpiceJet will begin in December. 

However, it is not yet certain whether these operators will continue year-round rather than simply operating in the current India – UK bubble.


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