Number of air passengers dips in January-July

August 12th, 2009 - 9:56 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) The number of air passengers dipped 4.9 percent to 2.48 crore during January-July this year as compared to 2.6 crore in the like period last year, official data released here Wednesday said.
Private carrier Jet Airways and its low-cost carrier JetLite, with 26.3 percent market share, carried most number of passengers during the period.

Kingfisher came second with 23 percent market share and national carrier Air India third with 16.2 percent, data released by the Director General of Civil Aviation said.

Among low-cost carriers, IndiGo’s market share stood at 14 percent during the period, while SpiceJet and GoAir came second and third with 12.5 percent and 5.7 percent respectively.

Paramount Airlines has a share of 2 percent.

Passenger load factor remained low in July, signalling fears of a prolonged crisis in the aviation industry.

The data showed that the number of domestic passengers fell to 35.97 lakh in July from 36.94 the month before.

Kingfisher carried most number of passengers - 829,000 - last month, while Jet came second with 681,000 and Air India next with 582,000.

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