Indian airlines see 22.7 per cent rise in domestic passengers in January

Scheduled airlines in the country carried a total of 4.09 million passengers in the domestic sector in January 2010 against 3.38 million in January 2009 - a growth of  22.7 per cent.

The numbers were, however, lower compared to the 4.49 million domestic passengers these airlines carried in the previous month (December 2009).

Of the 4.09 million domestic passengers in January 2010, Air India carried 734,000 while Jet Airways carried 751,000, Jet Lite 277,000, Kingfisher 908,000, Spice Jet 500,000, Go Air 220,000 and IndiGo 625,000, while Paramount carried a total of 72,000 passengers.

Kingfisher had a market share of 22.2 per cent, followed by Jet Airways (18.4 per cent), Air India (18 per cent), IndiGo (15.3 per cent), Spice Jet (12.2 per cent), Jet Lite (6.8 per cent), Go Air (5.4 per cent) and Paramount (1.8 Per cent).

The combined share of Jet Airways and Jet Lite stood at 25.2, making it the market leader. 

The seat capacity utilisation of domestic airlines in January 2010 stood over 70 per cent with Paramount reporting the highest seat factor of 87.8 per cent.