MUMBAI: IndiGo, the airline run by InterGlobe Aviation Ltd., has clocked 49.9% market share in the domestic market during April, its highest ever since inception as a schedule carrier in 2006, as it flew a record 54.81 lakh passengers during the month, according to the latest data from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
IndiGo, which had a market share of 46.9% in March, carried 54.41 lakh domestic passengers during the month.
"We achieved our highest market share on back of the large number of planes ordered by us, which helped increased our capacity substantially," said an IndiGo official, who didn't want to be named.
IndiGo had in 2011 placed an order for 180 Airbus A320 aircraft. It also placed an order of 250 Airbus A320neo aircraft, making it the largest single order ever in Airbus history, in August 2015.
At present, IndiGo has a fleet of about 227 aircraft, consisting of Airbus A320-200, A320 Neo, A321 Neo, and ATR aircraft.
At 49.9%, IndiGo takes the lion's share of the domestic market with Air India, which flew 15.23 lakh domestic passengers, coming a distant second after recording a 13.9% market share. SpiceJet recorded a 13.1% market share and flew 14.4 lakh passengers.
Meanwhile, GoAir, which carried 11.90 lakh passengers during the month, registered a 10.8% market share. Others like Vistara and AirAsia India recorded 4.7% and 6.2% market share, respectively, during April.
Incidentally, Jet Airways temporarily shut down its operations in April.
"Passengers carried by domestic airlines during January to April 2019 were 464.47 lakhs as against 453.03 lakhs during the corresponding period of previous year thereby registering a growth of 2.53%," DGCA said in its report.