Airline passengers grow 23.2% to 86.72 lakh in Oct
Continuing with the robust growth rate of over 23 per cent, domestic airlines flew 86.72 lakh passengers in October while no-frills carrier IndiGo saw its market share surge to 42.6 per cent during the same period. Reflecting strong demand, the domestic passenger numbers rose 23.2 per cent last month compared to 70.39 lakh people seen in September. “Passengers carried by domestic airlines during Jan-Oct 2016 were 813.70 lakh as against 660.60 lakh during the corresponding period of previous year thereby registering a growth of 23.18 per cent,” aviation regulator DGCA said in its report on domestic aviation sector for the month of October.
IndiGo cornered the largest market share in October at 42.6 per cent, higher than 40 per cent seen in September. During the same period, national carrier Air India saw its pie decline to 13 per cent from 14.7 per cent recorded in the previous month.
Apart from Air India, the market share of Jet Airways and GoAir fell last month to 14.7 per cent and 7.9 per cent, respectively. SpiceJet’s share rose marginally to 12.9 per cent while that of AirAsia India inched up to 2.7 per cent.