Air traffic up 19.3%; Jet Airways leads

Air traffic up 19.3%; Jet Airways leads

Mumbai: Passengers carried by domestic carriers rose 19.3% to 33.9 million passengers in Jan-Aug with Jet Airways recording the highest market share among domestic carriers, government data showed.

Jet Airways and its budget arm, Jetlite, recorded a combined market share of 27% in August while Kingfisher Airlines had a 20% share of the aviation market.

State-run Air India had a 18.3% market share and budget airline SpiceJet had a market share of 12.6 for the month, data from the civil aviation ministry showed.

Seat factors for August - historically a lean season for carriers - dipped for Jet and SpiceJet.

Jet recorded a seat factor of 70.4% in August compared with 73.8% in July while SpiceJet’s seat factor fell to 70.3% from 76.8%.

Kingfisher recorded a seat factor of 80.9% from 79.3% last month, the data showed.