Mumbai: India’s domestic air passenger traffic grew about 3% year-on-year during May, reversing a 4.5% fall the sector witnessed in April as a result of the grounding of cash-strapped Jet Airways (India) Ltd. that led to severe capacity crunch in the sector.
Domestic carriers carried a total of 1.22 crore passengers in May compared with 1.19 crore passengers carried by various airlines during the corresponding period a year ago, according to data from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
During May, InterGlobe Aviation Ltd-promoted IndiGo airline clocked in a 49% market share by carrying 59.80 lakh domestic passengers. In April, the airline had 49.9% market share, its highest ever since inception as a schedule carrier in 2006, as it flew a record 54.81 lakh passengers during the month.
During May, SpiceJet displaced Air India as the second largest domestic carrier. SpiceJet, which carried 18.03 lakh passengers, accounted for 14.8% of domestic market share, while Air India carried 16.53 lakh passengers, with a 13.5% of domestic market share.
GoAir (11.1% market share) carried 13.55 lakh passengers during May, while AirAsia India (6.3% market share) carried 7.68 lakh passengers during the month. Vistara, which had a 4.7% market share in May, carried 5.79 lakh passengers during the month.
During May, DGCA received a record 746 complaints from domestic passengers, of which 669 were resolved. Among airlines, Air India received 284 passenger complaints, while IndiGo received 268 complaints.