IndiGo now #1 at India’s top-10 airports with average 41% share

IndiGo now #1 at India's top-10 airports with average 41% share

AirAsia India began in June 2014. Come 2019, it had 24 destinations, with Bangalore, where it is headquartered, its most-served airport.  The carrier, now with 29 aircraft in service and 71 on order, is second-placed at Bangalore.

India had 251 million seats to, from, and within the country last year. Almost eight in ten of these – 196 million – were from the top-three airlines at the country’s top-10 airports. With an average of 41%, IndiGo was the number-one carrier at them all. This is the first time that it achieved the full set because prior to the end of Jet Airways it was second at Mumbai.

India’s top-three airlines at top-10 airports

Top-10 airports #1 airline #2 airline #3 airline
Delhi IndiGo Air India SpiceJet
Mumbai IndiGo Air India SpiceJet
Bangalore IndiGo AirAsia India SpiceJet
Hyderabad IndiGo SpiceJet Air India
Kolkata IndiGo SpiceJet Air India
Chennai IndiGo SpiceJet Air India
Ahmedabad IndiGo GoAir SpiceJet
Kochi IndiGo Air India Air India Express
Goa IndiGo SpiceJet AirAsia India
Pune IndiGo SpiceJet GoAir
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser

Air India is second even at its main hub

LCCs now have 80% of domestic India.  As such, it’s no surprise that IndiGo and SpiceJet, in particular, dominate.  SpiceJet was number-two at five of the top-10 airports and number-three at four. It was within a stone’s through of being second at Ahmedabad, with just 3,291 seats (!) between it and GoAir. Using 2020 data (presently unreliable for the whole year), SpiceJet is – unsurprisingly – now second at the Gujarat airport. Air India was second at only three airports: Delhi; Mumbai; and Kochi. A number of Indians in the Gulf come from the state of Kerala, in India’s south, and the flag carrier uses the B747-400 on its four-weekly Kochi – Jeddah service. Even at Delhi, its main hub, where it has almost twice as many seats as Mumbai, it had a significant capacity gap of 8.4 million seats against IndiGo.

IndiGo now #1 at India's top-10 airports with average 41% share

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser

#1 airline has avg. 41% share against 14% for #2 

While the average share for number-one was 41%, it was just 14% for number-two and 11% for number-three.  Of course, dominance varied widely by individual airport, with Delhi and Mumbai obviously playing host to large numbers of international operators, so pushing down relative dominance on a percentage basis.  Nonetheless, IndiGo’s 29% share at Delhi meant 24.1 million seats and 16.1 million at Mumbai. 

IndiGo now #1 at India's top-10 airports with average 41% share

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser

The ‘dominance gap’ was especially acute at Bangalore, with a 335% – and 14.4 million – difference between first and second.  In 2019, IndiGo served 58 destinations on a non-stop basis from Bangalore against 20 for AirAsia India. Last year, IndiGo launched 10 new routes from Bangalore: Aurangabad (November 2019; Belgaum (September); Bhopal (March); Gorakhpur (January); Imphal (March); Jodhpur (October); Kannur (January); Srinagar (February); Shirdi (October); and Tuticorin (October). IndiGo’s ATRs played a key role and operated to five.


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