Jet Airways continued with its domination of the domestic market, while the state-owned National Aviation Company of India Ltd (NACIL) finished third, according to the latest air traffic data for February released by the civil aviation ministry.
In a positive sign for the aviation industry, which has been going a through a bad patch, air traffic for the first two months of the year showed a growth of 19.2 per cent as compared with the same period last year. Passengers carried by domestic airlines from Jan-Feb were 80.6 lakh as against 67.6 lakh in the corresponding period of 2009.
Jet Airways along with its subsidiary JetLite grabbed the highest market share flying most passengers —10.1 lakh in February, followed by Kingfisher and its low-cost subsidiary Kingfisher Red with 8.8 lakh and Air India (Domestic) with 6.6 lakh.
No-frills carriers IndiGo, which carried 5.8 lakh, SpiceJet with 4.7 lakh and GoAir with 2.1 lakh, followed them. Paramount carried 62,000 passengers.
The overall cancellation rate of scheduled domestic airlines for February was 1.5 per cent, while the overall on-time performance of scheduled domestic airlines was recorded at 79.4 per cent.
The DGCA has already directed all the 70 foreign carriers to file reports about their on-time performance on a monthly basis. Of them, only 47 have filed the reports so far.