Airlines post drop in seat load factor in June

Airlines post drop in seat load factor in June
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First Published: Mon, Jul 13 2009. 10 53 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Jul 13 2009. 10 53 PM IST
New Delhi: Barring low-cost carrier GoAir (run by GoAirlines (India) Pvt. Ltd) and regional airline MDLR, all scheduled airlines reported a drop in their seat load factor in June, according to data from civil aviation ministry on Monday. While GoAir’s seat load factor during June rose to 85.1% from 84.2% in May, MDLR’s passenger load factor increased to 93% from 81%, the ministry said in a statement.
Seat load factor is a measure of number of seats that are filled in a plane.
Vijay Mallya-promoted Kingfisher Airlines Ltd was able to maintain its seat load factor last month, while all other carriers reported a drop in passenger traffic.
Kingfisher had a seat load factor of 72.0% during June compared with 72.9% in May, while Jet Airways (India) Ltd ’s June seat load factor fell to 67.8% from 69.2%. Jet’s budget carrier JetLite too reported a fall in seat load factor during June to 74.4% from 77.4% in May.
State-owned Air India’s seat load factor during the month dropped to 67.9% from 69.1% in May.
Low cost flier SpiceJet Ltd’s seat load factor in June was 77.3% compared with 79.1% in May.
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First Published: Mon, Jul 13 2009. 10 53 PM IST