IndiGo passes 70 million passengers; India’s #1 domestic airline still growing at 20% per annum with over 70 A320s

6E and they know it..

6E and they know it. IndiGo’s IATA code is 6E and the airline’s in-flight magazine is called “Hello 6E”. Recent magazine covers have featuring Miss IndiGo Saylee Lohot (left, September 2013) and Miss IndiGo Steffi Nilishia Roche (right, July 2013). The airline’s fleet of over 70 A320s currently carry around three in every 10 domestic passengers in India.

IndiGo launched its first flight on 4 August 2006 with a service between Delhi and Guwahati. Less than six years later, it had become India’s leading domestic airline, when DGCA figures confirmed that in July 2012 it had overtaken the Jet Airways group of airlines, by carrying 1.23 million passengers, compared with 1.20 million for Jet Airways plus JetLite. By the end of 2013 the LCC, which currently operates a fleet of 74 180-seat A320s, had carried over 70 million passengers since its launch, and was carrying around three in every 10 passengers in the Indian domestic market. According to Airbus data, the airline has placed orders for 280 A320/A321 aircraft of which 89 have so far been delivered. Only AirAsia (338) and Lion Air (234) have more aircraft waiting to be delivered from Airbus than IndiGo (191).

Domestic market share of Indian airlines Share of domestic passengers: 1/2009 - 12/2013

Source: DGCA India

Over 19 million passengers in 2013; growth slowing (to 20% per annum)

After growing its domestic passenger numbers by 40% in 2010 and 2011, growth has slowed somewhat, to 25% in 2012 and 20% in 2013. According to DGCA figures, the airline flew 17.8 million passengers on domestic services last year and a further 1.5 million on international flights. As per India’s rule, the airline was not allowed to start international flights until it had been operating domestic routes for five years (August 2011). IndiGo flew over one million passengers in a month for the first time in May 2011, and in April 2013 broke through the 1.5 million domestic passengers mark.

 IndiGo's progress - Monthly passengers 2006-2013

Source: DGCA India (domestic operations only)

Load factor dropping (but still 79% in 2013)

Indigo’s average annual load factor has been falling slightly in recent years having peaked in 2010 at an impressive 83.8%. The following year it fell to 83.3%, then to 80.5% in 2012, and last year it dropped below the 80% level, to 78.8%. A 90% load factor has been achieved on a handful of occasions, notably four times in 2010, with an all-time record of 93.3% in December 2010.

IndiGo Monthly load factor August 2006 - December 2013

Source: DGCA India (domestic operations only)

Delhi and Mumbai are leading airports; Dubai top international destination

Analysis of the airline’s current schedule reveals that its busiest airports follow fairly closely the ranking of India’s leading domestic airports. Delhi and Mumbai both witness over 500 weekly departures of IndiGo flights, with the airline offering over 20 non-stop destinations from both airports.

IndiGo's top 12 airports Weekly departures [destinations served non-stop]

Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 4 February 2014

In total IndiGo serves 35 destinations; 30 in India, plus Bangkok, Dubai, Kathmandu, Muscat and Singapore. Bagdogra became the airline’s most recent Indian airport to receive flights last December, with the introduction of non-stop flights from Guwahati and Kolkata. This week has seen the airline launch its latest non-stop service, between Delhi and Bagdogra. Dubai is by far the airline’s leading international market with eight daily flights spread across six Indian airports, making it joint 13th in terms of weekly departures. However, if we take into account sector length, Dubai ranks seventh among the airline’s airports for ASKs. Bangkok is served from Delhi and Kolkata, Kathmandu from Delhi, Muscat from Mumbai and Singapore from Chennai.


Comments

  1. nishant mishra says:

    I have a doubt

    If they currently operate a fleet of 74 A320s, where are those 15 aircrafts gone as per your article Airbus so far delivered 89 aircrafts.

    By the end of 2013 the LCC, which currently operates a fleet of 74 180-seat A320s, had carried over 70 million passengers since its launch, and was carrying around three in every 10 passengers in the Indian domestic market. According to Airbus data, the airline has placed orders for 280 A320/A321 aircraft of which 89 have so far been delivered.

    • IndiGo first started receiving brand new A320s when it launched in 2006. What these figures demonstrate is that the airline has already sold 15 of its older aircraft to other carriers, to enable it to keep a young fleet. This is a common practice among LCCs in particular.

  2. Nishant mishra says:

    Thanks Ralph for the clarification

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