Low-cost carrier IndiGo retained its position as the market leader among domestic carriers even as the number of people travelling by domestic airlines grew 13 per cent in October.
Scheduled domestic airlines carried 4.56 million passengers in October against 4.02 million in the previous month, as high demand during holiday season arrested a five-month downward streak, the ministry of civil aviation said in a release.
IndiGo carried the largest 1.27 million passengers in October 2012, commanding a market share of 27.8 per cent, up from 27.2 per cent in the previous month, when the airlines carried 1.09 million passengers.
National flag-carrier Air India also saw its market share grow to 20.8 per cent in October from 19.3 per cent in September, while the number of passengers rose to 9.49 lakh from 7.75 lakh in the previous month.
In fact, Air India has been showing a increase in its market share over the past six months. Air India's market share has risen from 16.2 per cent in May 2012 to 20.8 per cent in October 2012.
For the months of June, July, August and September 2012 the market share of Air India was 16.8 per cent, 18.2 per cent, 18.2 per cent and 19.3 per cent, respectively.