Domestic airlines report 9.7% rise in passengers to 67.38 million in 2014

The total number of passengers carried by India's domestic airlines rose 9.7 per cent in the year 2014 (January-December) to 67.38 million from 61.43 million during the corresponding period of the previous year, the civil aviation ministry said in release today.

The number of domestic passengers carried by Air India stood at 12.43 million while private carriers carried 54.96 million passengers. The market share of Air India remained at 18.4 per cent while private airlines had a share of 81.6 per cent.

The passenger load factor in December 2014 showed an increasing trend compared to previous month due to ongoing tourist season.

Jet Airways and its associate JetLite recorded the highest capacity utilisation rate (passenger load factor) of 89.0 per cent  and 89.5 per cent, respectively, followed by IndiGo (88.8 per cent), SpiceJet (86.7 per cent, but on a reduced fleet), Air India (85.9 per cent), Go Air (84.2 per cent), Air Costa (81.7 per cent) and Air Asia (81.5 per cent).

The overall cancellation rate of scheduled domestic airlines for December 2014 has been 6.99 per cent. The high cancelation rate has been due to low visibility conditions at airports located in Northern India.

High cancellation rate for SpiceJet, however, has been due to cancellation of a number of flights by the airline on account of financial difficulties.

SpiceJet reported the highest number of flight cancellations accounting for 31.95 per cent of its total services, followed by Ait India (domestic) 2.92 per cent, Jet Airways (2.46 per cent), AirAsia (1.92 per cent), JetLite (1.80 per ent), IndiGo (1.38 per cent), Go Air (1.29 per cent), and Air Copsta (0.00 per cent).

The passenger load factor in the month of December 2014 has shown increasing trend compared to previous month due to ongoing tourist season.

During December 2014, a total of 1,322 passenger related complaints had been received by the scheduled domestic airlines. The number of complaints per 10,000 passengers carried for the month of December 2014 stood at 2.1.

During December 2014, all the scheduled domestic airlines complied with the mandatory capacity deployment requirements contained in the Route Dispersal Guidelines.

On-time performance (OTP) of scheduled domestic airlines computed for the four metro airports of Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai showed that a majority of delays has been attributed to changes in situations (Reactionary).

There are more than 70 foreign carriers operating to and from India. At the time of compilation of this report, the OTP data of 51 carriers received showed that these 51 carriers have achieved OTP of 73.6 per cent in the case of departures and 72.8 per cent in arrivals.