IndiGo Airlines’ market share touched 49.9% in April 2019, the highest ever since its inception. It flew a record of 54.81 lakhs of passengers in the month, according to the latest report released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Air India, on the other hand, flew 15.4 lakhs passengers and recorded a market share of 13.9%. SpiceJet comes the third on the list with 13.1% market share flying 14.4 lakh passengers. GoAir is also on the top list registering a market share of 10.8% and flying 11.90 lakhs of passengers. Vistara recorded a 4.7% market share, and AirAsia India occupies a 6.2%.
SpiceJet topped the passenger occupancy chart by registering a 93.7% load factor for April. It is the 49th consecutive month that SpiceJet maintains its high occupancy rate, highest in the industry. However, the airline reported the slowest pace of passenger growth in 42 months at 1% and also lost the second spot to state-run Air India.
The total number of passengers carried by domestic airlines during January to April 2019 were 464.47 lakhs as against 453.03 lakhs during the corresponding period of previous year thereby registering a growth of 2.53%. In April, domestic airlines flew 10.9 million passengers, which is 4.5% lower when compared to April 2018.
The overall data shows that IndiGo gains the most from the grounding of Jet Airways and also from the ban of Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Currently, IndiGo has a fleet size of 277 aircraft.
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