New Delhi: The financial slowdown hit passenger traffic in the country with the number of air travellers dropping by almost 11% between January and May compared with that in the same period last year.
Even though a marginal increase was witnessed in passenger traffic last month, official figures released today showed that the passengers carried by all airlines in the first five months of 2009 fell to 173.34 lakh against 194.11 lakh in the same period last year,thus registering a negative growth of 10.7%.
Total passengers carried last month, however, went up to 39.29 lakh from 33.15 lakh in April this year, the statistics showed.
Kingfisher Airlines and its no-frill arm Kingfisher Red led the way flying 10.1 lakh passengers, followed by Jet Airways and JetLite, which together carried 9.12 lakh passengers. While Air India (Domestic) flew 6.9 lakh, all-business class carrier Paramount Airways carried 82,000.
Among the no-frill airlines, IndiGo took 5.4 lakh air travellers, followed by SpiceJet with 4.96 lakh and GoAir 1.88 lakh.
The market share of all the scheduled domestic airlines either remained around the same or changed marginally compared to the April figures, the statistics showed.
Kingfisher and its low-cost subsidiary recorded thehighest market share of 25.7%, while Jet and JetLite together clocked 23.2% followed by Air India(Domestic) with 17.6%, IndiGo 13.7%, SpiceJet 12.6% and Paramount 2.1%.
However, Paramount registered the highest average seat factor at 89.2%, closely followed by no-frill carrier IndiGo with 85.1%, GoAir with 84.2% per cent and JetLite 77.4%.
The figures showed that Kingfisher and its low-cost airline together had a seat factor of 72.9%, followed by Jet’s 69.2% and AI (Domestic) 69.1%.
The overall on-time performance (OTP) of the scheduled domestic carriers has remained at 79.5% in of May with Chennai-based Paramount Airways taking a top spot with 89% and MDLR being the last with 49.3% OTP.