The ongoing boom in the economy is finding reflection in the air-traffic passenger data — the January-September period saw 58 lakh more people took to the skies as compared to last year.
Air passenger traffic grew 18.5 per cent to 373.2 lakh, from 314.9 lakh in Jan-Sept 2009.
The total domestic passengers carried by scheduled airlines in the third quarter of the year was 119.8 lakh, compared with 118.5 lakh between January and March, as per figures released by the Ministry of Civil Aviation on Tuesday.
The total domestic passengers carried by the scheduled airlines in the second quarter, between April and June — the peak holiday season — was 134.8 lakh.
Jet Airways continued with its domination of the domestic market cornering nearly 27 per cent of the domestic market share for the quarter ending September followed by Kingfisher (19.9 per cent) and Air India with 18.1 per cent. Low-cost carrier Indigo had a market share of 16.5 per cent while competitor Spice Jet had 12.8 per cent.
In the July-September period, Jet Airways and JetLite together flew 32.2 lakh passengers, while Kingfisher carried 23.9 lakh and Air India 21.7 lakh. Among the purely no-frill airlines, IndiGo flew the highest number at 19.8 lakh, SpiceJet 15.3 lakh and GoAir 6.8 lakh.
The total domestic passengers carried by the scheduled airlines in September were 39.1 lakhs.
As per the figures provided by the Ministry for the month of September, over 45,000 passengers suffered as a result delays of over 24-hours while over 6500 people were affected as a result of cancellation of flights while another 400 denied boarding.
In terms of the seat factor (or percentage of seats filled per flight) for the month os September, Kingfisher topped the chart with 85.9 per cent, followed by IndiGo at 72.3 per cent. The lowest seat factor was 66.7 per cent for Air India.