Domestic air traffic grew 10% in 2014, says DGCA

Airlines carry 6.73 cr travellers, vs 6.14 cr; IndiGo has largest pie

Domestic air traffic grew 10% in 2014, says DGCA

The number of fliers carried by domestic airlines last year grew by 9.70 per cent compared with 2013, with low-cost carrier IndiGo marching miles ahead of its rivals.

Airlines carried 6.73 crore passengers in 2014 as against 6.14 crore the previous year with IndiGo accounting for 2.14 crore passengers last year. Industry watchers attributed the rise in numbers to feverish discount sales throughout the year.

Of the total 6.73 crore passengers, private airlines carried 5.49 crore passengers or 81.6 per cent of the total passenger traffic. Air India carried the remaining during the reporting period.

IndiGo garnered a market share of 31.8 per cent as against its closest rival Air India that had 18.4 per cent market share. For December, Indigo clocked 36.1 per cent market share, the highest for any airline in a month in 2014, according to latest DGCA figures.

For the whole year, Jet Airways and SpiceJet garnered 17.4 per cent. Along with its low-cost arm Jetlite that stopped operations in December last year, Jet Airways had 21.7 per cent market share for 2014.

Though the month of December saw SpiceJet falling into one of its worst crisis and even facing a 10-hour shutdown, the passenger load factor of all airlines were above 80 per cent.

Impressive occupancy
IndiGo appears to have benefited from the SpiceJet crisis as its occupancy was the highest, at  88.8 per cent in December 2014, as against 78.6 per cent in November 2014.
Towards the second half of 2014, IndiGo was not having impressive figures for occupancy though it had been retaining its numero uno position in market share in the domestic sector.

Compared with 2013, Air India also improved its numbers. It carried 1.19 crore passengers in 2013 while it rose by 4.33 per cent last year to 1.24 crore.
The overall cancellation rate of scheduled domestic airlines for December 2014 was 6.99 per cent. The overall cancellation rate was high due to low visibility conditions at airports located in northern India.

SpiceJet, which reduced its fleet due to restructuring, had a high cancellation rate of 31.95 per cent, the DGCA report said.

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