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Kingfisher tops market

Kingfisher Airlines and its low-cost arm Kingfisher Red emerged as the dominant player in February, flying 9.1 lakh passengers and commanded a combined market share of 27.1 per cent.

india Updated: Mar 13, 2009 20:31 IST
HT Correspondent

Kingfisher Airlines and its low-cost arm Kingfisher Red emerged as the dominant player in February, flying 9.1 lakh passengers and commanded a combined market share of 27.1 per cent.

Jet Airways, along with its low-cost airline JetLite, was next with 8.5 lakh passengers and combined market share of 25.4 per cent during the month while the state-run Air India followed with 5.8 lakh passengers and market share of 17.2 per cent was ranked third, official data released by the civil aviation ministry said.

Overall, the number of domestic air passengers grew marginally to 33.4 lakhs in February — higher by 10,000 passengers in the previous month. Low-cost carriers accounted for considerably lesser traffic — IndiGo carried 4.4 lakh passengers followed by Spice Jet with 4.1 lakh passengers and Go Air just 84,000 passengers. Regional carrier Paramount accounted for
61,000 passengers.

Most low-cost carriers, however, enjoyed a higher passenger load factor, implying lesser seats were vacant in these airlines, with Go Air being the exception.

In February, Indigo had a passenger load of 82 per cent, followed by Spice Jet with 78.5 per cent and JetLite 74.2 per cent passenger load.

Passenger load factor shows the average number of seats occupied on an aircraft.

Among the full service carriers, Jet Airways commanded a passenger load of 68.7 per cent, followed by 66.3 per cent of Air India and Kingfisher enjoyed a load factor of 74.3 per cent.