IndiGo, SpiceJet tops May performance

Low-cost carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet recorded an impressive over 90 per cent seat occupancy in May but Jet Airways witnessed a slip as it flew with more seats that are vacant.

The latest report from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) also showed that Vistara, which had not-so-impressive seat occupancy in the past months, has also shown improvement compared to April.

SpiceJet improved its seat occupancy to 93.1 per cent in May from 88.7 per cent in April to be the first on list followed by IndiGo, which had 91.9 per cent seats filled as against 85.7 per cent. Vistara improved its seat occupancy to 71.1 per cent from 67.3 per cent.

“The passenger load factor in the month of May 2015 has shown increasing trend compared to previous month primarily due to the onset of tourist season,” the DGCA report said.

On the market share, IndiGo continued to be the topper with a spread of 38.9 per cent. While it was 36.4 per cent share in March, it rose to 37.8 per cent in April.

Jet Airways was a distant second with 18.3 per cent and Air India 15.8 per cent. Market shares of both these airline fell in May compared to that of April.

Bengaluru-based Air Pegassus, which started operations last month, flew 6,000 passengers in May and clocked a market share of 0.1 per cent.

Overall, domestic air traffic rose by 18.35 per cent in May over the same period last year. Domestic airlines together flew 71.27 lakh passengers in May as compared to 60.22 lakh passengers during May 2014.

In May, the DGCA received 858 complaints against nine airlines. Of these 793 were disposed off while investigations were going on in the remaining 65 complaints, the DGCA said.

DGCA had received 211 complaints against Jet Airways, besides 191 against IndiGo, 187 against SpiceJet and 173 against Air India.

(An edited version appeared in Deccan Herald on Jun 20, 2015)

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