Domestic Air Traffic Up 19%: September 2018

Domestic airlines registered an 18.95% growth in passengers flown in September. Indian airlines carried 11.5 million passengers in that month, up from 9.6 million in September 2017. The year’s high so far was 11.9 million passengers in May.

SpiceJet maintained its lead in terms of load factor by flying its planes 93.2% full, followed by GoAir, which used 90.6% of its seat capacity, followed by Vistara and Jet Airways with 84.9% each.

September marks the 42nd month on the trot that SpiceJet has recorded the highest occupancy in India.

GoAir operated 90.4% of its flights on time, followed by SpiceJet with 89.1% and IndiGo with 87.6%. National carrier Air India operated the least number of its flights (74.3%) on time in September. The on-time data is for Bengaluru, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

IndiGo strengthened its dominance in terms of market share, carrying 43.2% of the passengers who flew in September. Jet Airways followed with a 15.8% share and Spice-Jet accounted for 12%.

IndiGo reported its first quarterly loss in the three months ended September, citing pressures from high fuel costs, rupee depreciation and intense competition.

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