Indian air passenger traffic in January declines from December highs

The number of domestic passengers carried by registered airlines in the country declined 5.18 per cent to 4.94 million in January 2011, from 5.21 million in the previous month, ie, December 2010.

The figure, however, was 20.7 per cent higher year-on-year compared with the 4.09 million passengers these airlines flew in January 2010, official data released today showed.

Kingfisher led the chart in January 2011 with 9.61 lakh passengers or 19.5 per cent of the domestic air passengers in January 2011 while IndiGo with 9.50 lakh passengers stood second with 19.2 per cent share of the domestic air passengers, traffic data showed.

Jet Airways was third in number of passengers carried, with 8.54 lakh (or 17.3 per cent) in January 2011. The combined share of Jet Airways and its low-cost subsidiary Jetlite, however, was higher at 12.26 million (24.8 per cent) in January 2011.

In terms of seat factor or capacity utilisation, IndiGo stood at the top with 88.6 per cent while Kingfisher managed an average seat capacity utilisation of 86.5 per cent in January 2011.

Spice Jet reported a seat capacity utilisation of 82.6 per cent, JetLite 74.6 per cent and Jet Airways 73.9 per cent while Air India (domestic) had the lowest seat capacity utilisation of 69.3 per cent.

The overall on-time performance (OTP) of scheduled domestic airlines in January 2011 stood at 81.2 per cent.