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Domestic air traffic grew almost 10% last month compared to that in September with IndiGo claiming it had flown almost one-third of total passengers in October. Passengers carried by all domestic carriers between January and October this year was 507 lakh as against 483.9 lakh in 2012, registering a growth of 4.8%, official data showed.
It also showed that the airlines together flew 50.1 lakh passengers in October compared to 45.6 lakh in September, reflecting a 10% growth. The data, collated by the DGCA from airlines themselves, showed IndiGo had the maximum market-share of 30.2% last month.
Low-cost carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet were number one and two, respectively, in terms of the market share, taking the maximum advantage out of the growing market.
During October, domestic airlines carried 50.08 lakh passengers compared with 45.55 lakh in the same month last year. October 2013, like the previous year, saw many festivals with Durga Puja, Navratri, Dussera and Eid being celebrated. In 2013, the festivals were celebrated a week earlier than the same month last year. Air traffic in October also improved over September 2013 when domestic airlines carried 44.65 lakh passengers. The growth in October over the previous month was 12.1%.
IndiGo continued to be the market leader with a 30.2% market share while SpiceJet had a 20% market share. The Jet Airways Group had a market share of 23.8%. But this was due to a 5.4% market share of Jet’s low-cost arm Jet Konnect. National carrier Air India and Jet Airways standalone were neck and neck with Jet slightly ahead with 18.4% market share while Air India had 18.2% market share. GoAir had a 7.7% market share while regional airline Air Costa had a 0.1% market share.
Air India’s passenger load factors breached the 70% mark as its domestic flights flew 70.7% full, better than full-service competitor Jet Airways, which had a 64.4% load factor during the month.
IndiGo was the leader in terms of passenger load factor as well with its flights flying nearly two-thirds full at 74.8%. SpiceJet’s passenger load factor was 67.5%, GoAir 65.9%, Jet Konnect 68.9% while Air Costa managed to operate with nearly half full planes with a 48.5% load factor. Between January and October 2013, the growth was 4.77% to 507.02 lakh against 483.95 lakh in the same period last year, DGCA data showed.

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