IndiGo becomes third largest domestic airline

January 18th, 2011 - 9:27 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Low-cost carrier (LCC) IndiGo became the third largest domestic passenger airline in the country for the fourth quarter of 2010.The sector was led by full-fledged carriers Kingfisher and Jet.

Aviation ministry figures showed that in the last calendar year quarter, IndiGo carried 25.89 lakh (2.589 million) passengers, followed by Air India’s domestic arm (formerly Indian Airlines) at 25.42 lakh passengers and LCCs like Spice Jet (20.01 lakh), Jet Lite (10.85 lakh) and Go Air (9.79 lakh), a ministry statement said Tuesday.

The market leader in the last calender year quarter Kingfisher carried 27.81 lakh passengers, closely followed by Jet Airways with 27.28 lakh passengers. The entire domestic airline industry carried 14.70 million passengers in the fourth quarter of the last calender year.

“Total domestic passengers carried by the scheduled airlines of India in the fourth quarter of 2010 - October to December, 2010 - was 147.05 lakh,” the ministry said.

The figures also show an upbeat domestic passenger trend with the total domestic passengers carried in the fourth quarter growing by 22.70 percent over the third quarter of July to September, 2010, which stood at 119.84 lakh passengers.

Market share for the last quarter was led by Kingfisher Airlines at 18.9 percent, followed by Jet Airways at 18.6 percent and IndiGo at 17.6 percent.

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