The fiasco of its aborted merger effort with Jet Airways has been consigned to history. Air Sahara is busy making up lost ground, accounting for as much as 38 per cent of additional passengers of the total air traffic on a month-to-month basis since July this year.
The number of passengers carried by Air Sahara has gone up from 1.92 lakh in June (the month the merger with Jet Airways fell apart in June) to 2.65 lakh in October.
A total of 104.43 lakh passengers were carried by all the airlines during this period. It was 24.73 lakh in July, before rising to 25.39 lakh in August, 26.07 in September and a record 28.24 lakhs in October.
The Vijay Mallya promoted Kingfisher Airlines has also accounted for a major portion of the incremental traffic during these four months carrying as much as 29 per cent of additional passengers on a month-to-month basis.
Significantly, on a monthly incremental basis, the number of passengers carried by Jet Airways has oscillated from 7.83 lakhs in July to 7.41 lakhs in September before beginning to rise to reach a level of 8 lakhs in October.
State-owned Indian Airlines' passenger traffic has risen from 5.08 lakh in June to 5.63 lakh in October.
Jet Airways, however, remains the largest in terms of market share accounting for 28.3 per cent as on October this year, followed by Indian 19.9 per cent, Air Deccan 18.1 per cent, Air Sahara 9.4 per cent and Kingfisher 9.3 per cent.