New Delhi, Oct. 22: National carrier Air India today said it had achieved a passenger load factor (PLF) of 73.2 per cent for its domestic flights in September, beating India’s biggest low-frill carrier IndiGo Airlines, which clocked 70.3 per cent PLF.
Mumbai-based GoAir, however, had achieved maximum occupancy at 79 per cent.
Passenger load factor is an indicator of occupancy in an aircraft.
IndiGo, however, managed to keep the top spot with the largest market share of 30.3 per cent, followed by Air India’s domestic operations (20.3 per cent), Jet Airways (19.1 per cent), SpiceJet (17.3 per cent), GoAir (7.5 per cent) and JetLite (5.5 per cent).
According to monthly data from the civil aviation ministry, domestic air passenger traffic jumped 13.4 per cent in September to 45.55 lakh from 40.18 lakh carried during the corresponding month last year.
Passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-September 2013 was up 4.2 per cent at 456.95 lakh from 438.40 lakh in the same period last year.
In August, passenger traffic grew 20.39 per cent to 52.60 lakh from 43.69 lakh in the year-ago period. The upward trend in the industry was despite a hike of 25-30 per cent in air fares during the month under review.
The railways, by contrast booked 425 crore passengers in the six months till September.
“In line with the rising demand, low-cost carriers have already expanded their domestic capacity for the coming winter schedule,” said Sharat Dhall, president, Yatra.com.
“Looking at the current market trend and the continuing high fares, we are still optimistic that air travel shall continue to rise especially with the festive season and holidays approaching.”