Kingfisher’s share of Indian market falls to just 5.4% in April; Delhi airport traffic up almost 20% to almost 36 million

Delhi International Airport, India’s largest airport, has grown by almost 20% in the last year.

Delhi International Airport, India’s largest airport, has grown by almost 20% in the last year. The latest airline attracted to the airport is Kenya Airways, which serves the Indian capital from its Nairobi hub as of 15 May.

Latest data from the Indian DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) for April reveals that Kingfisher Airlines has seen its share of the Indian domestic air travel market fall to just 5.4%, making it for the second month running the smallest of India’s seven domestic airlines in terms of passenger numbers. Meanwhile, IndiGo saw its market share rise almost two percentage points between March and April, from 21.9% to 23.8%. No single Indian airline has achieved a 25% share of the market since Kingfisher managed it in May 2009.

DGCA figures for April show that IndiGo also had the highest load factor among the seven airlines, at 82.0%, ahead of GoAir (80.8%), Spicejet (80.0%), Jet Airways (77.3%), Kingfisher (77.0%), JetLite (76.8%), and trailing way behind, troubled Air India (70.5%).

Domestic market share of Indian airlines Share of domestic passenger: 1/2009 - 4/2012

Source: DGCA

For only the second time in the last 12 months (July 2011 was the last time) demand growth (RPKs) managed to outstrip capacity growth (ASKs) in April.

India’s airports see passenger growth of 13.2% in last 12 months

Figures from the Airports Authority of India reveal that passenger numbers passing through the country’s airports in the period April 2011 to March 2012 were up 13.2% compared with the previous year. The country’s busiest airport in Delhi recorded the second-highest growth of any of the top 15 airports, at almost 20%, taking the number of annual passengers from 29.9 million the previous year to 35.9 million.

India's top 15 airports Annual passengers: April 2011 - March 2012 (growth)

Source: Airports Authority of India

Among Delhi’s new services that launched during the last 12 months are:

  • Air India: To Gaya
  • GoAir: To Kolkata and Ranchi
  • IndiGo: To Bangkok, Dubai, Kathmandu and Singapore
  • Jet Airways: To Dammam
  • Kenya Airways: To Nairobi (a recent Route Of The Week winner)
  • Kingfisher: To Pantnagar
  • Safi Airways: To Kabul
  • Spicejet: To Jaipur, Nagpur and Surat

Nine of India’s top 15 airports reported growth of more than 10%, with the remaining six all growing by at least 5%. A total of 18 airports in India handled more than one million passengers during the last 12 months, while all airports combined handled 162.3 million passengers. Domestic traffic increased by 15% to 121.5 million, while international traffic grew 7.6% to just under 41 million. For comparison in 2011 France’s airports handled a total of 153 million passengers. Another useful comparison might be China whose airports handled 620 million passengers last year, and had 53 airports handling over one million annual passengers.


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