The 20% plus growth in domestic air travel has taken a break in the lean travel month of March. The month saw IndiGo return to the top of on-time-performance charts after several quarters. SpiceJet pipped Air India to become the third largest airline in market share after recovering from a near collapse 2 years ago.
The high growth in the domestic air traffic seems to be tapering to 14.91% in March this year, continuing the trend from February, when growth fell below 20% after 13 consecutive months of above 20% growth.
Passenger data released by the DGCA show Indian airlines carried 9 million passengers in March this year compared to 7.9 million the same month last year.
Among airlines, SpiceJet remained first with largest seat occupancy. SpiceJet topped the Passenger Load Factor metrics for the industry with 91.4% seats full, followed by AirAsia that flew 87.8% of its flights full. GoAir flew planes with 84.8% of its seats full was the third.
In terms of On-Time Performance, Indigo topped the chart flying 88% of its flights on time. It was followed by SpiceJet with 85.7% of flights on time, closely followed by Vistara that flew 85.1% of its flights on time.
IndiGo remained the market leader during the month of March and carried 39.9% of total passengers, followed by Jet Airways, which together with JetLite, flew 17.9% of the total passengers.