: Indian domestic airlines leaps by 28% growth in passengers flown during March from a year-ago period, data released by the aviation regulator showed.
Indian carriers carried 11.6 million passengers during the month, up from 9 million in March last year, according to the data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on April 18.
All the main scheduled carriers flew their planes with over 80% of their seats full. SpiceJet maintained its pole position in terms of load factor by flying its planes 95% full, followed by IndiGo, which flew its planes with 89% seats full despite problems with its Airbus 320 aircraft.
Vistara, which flies its planes in a three-class configuration — economy, premium economy and business — was third by flying its planes with 88.2% seats full.
“For three years in a row, SpiceJet has flown with the highest load factors in the Indian aviation market — a feat unparalleled in global aviation history and a milestone,” Shilpa Bhatia, chief sales and revenue officer at SpiceJet, was quoted in a statement.
Jet Airways improved its on-time performance after staying lowest in the ladder for the past five months by operating 75.2% of its flights on time; IndiGo topped the list by operating 84.1% of its flights on time. SpiceJet was second, having operated 83.9% of its flights on time, followed by Vistara that operated 83% of its flights on time.
IndiGo remained the market leader in terms of passenger carriage by flying 39.5% of the total passengers during March. Jet Airways followed in terms of market share, by carrying 16.6% of the passengers flown during the month. SpiceJet was the third largest carrier accounting for 13.7% of the passengers flown during March.