Kingfisher’s market share falls to fifth place in November

December 22nd, 2011 - 7:01 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) Vijay Mallya-headed Kingfisher Airlines’ domestic market share dropped to fifth place at 14 percent in November, caused by its less capacity due to route rationalisation and technical reasons, according to official data released Thursday.

“The market share of Kingfisher Airlines has fallen primarily due to less capacity offered during the month of November on account of seat reconfiguration of their A320 aircraft,” the data furnished by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said.

The airlines, the third largest passenger carrier in October, had only operated 243 flights out of a scheduled 418 departures per day.

The data shows that Jet Group including Jet Airways and JetLite had the largest market share in November at 27.1 percent. On a standalone basis, Jet Airways’ and JetLite’s share were 19.8 percent and 7.3 percent respectively.

Budget carrier IndiGo came at the second spot with market share of 17.4 percent, followed by national carrier Air India at 15.5 percent and low-cost carrier SpiceJet at 6.2 percent.

The DGCA data revealed robust growth of 17.6 percent in passenger traffic during the period.

“Passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-November 2011 were 550.32 lakh as against 468.09 lakh during the corresponding period of previous year, thereby registering a growth of 17.6 percent plus,” the data said.

“The month of November 2011 witnessed significant increase in seat factor as compared to previous month primarily due to ongoing peak season.”

Air India topped the charts in terms of flight cancellation with an average rate of 2.9 percent followed by Kingfisher Airlines with 2.6 percent as against the industry average of 1.2 percent. IndiGo had the least cancellations rate of 0.1 percent.

However, Kingfisher had the best on-time performance (OTP) rate of 91.8 percent followed by Jet Airways at 91.4 percent and SpiceJet at 90 percent. Air India had the worst ontime performance at 65.5 percent.

The DGCA said it received a total of 1,017 complaints during the period under review.

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