Indian airlines report big jump in domestic passenger business

The number of domestic passengers carried by scheduled airlines in India rose 22.7 per cent to 14.71 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 (October-December 2010) from 11.98 million in the previous quarter (July-September 2010).

Airlines had carried 13.48 million passengers during April-June 2010 and 11.85 million passengers in the January-March 2010 quarter.

Kingfisher reported the highest number of 2.78 million passengers in the October-December 2010 quarter while Jet Airways carried 2.73 million passengers, IndiGo 2.59 million, Air India (domestic) 2.54 million, Spice Jet 2 million, JetLite 1,09 million and Go Air 0.98 million passengers.

Jet Airways together with sister liner Jet Lite still holds the lead with a combined 3.81 million passengers carried in the October-December 2010 quarter.

During December 2010, these airlines carried a total of 5.21 million domestic passengers.

Of this, Kingfisher accounted for 9.72 lakh passengers, IndiGo 9.71 lakh, Jet Airways 9.24 lakh, Air India (domestic)  8.9 lakh, Spice Jet 7.21 lakh, Jet Lite 3.99 lakh and Go Air 3.36 lakh passengers.