SpiceJet Takes The Lead Among Local Carriers

Tuesday, 22nd December 2015 at 05:56am

For the past several months, SpiceJet has been taking the lead versus other local carriers in terms of passenger load factor (PLF).

For the month of November alone, it registered a PLF of more than 90 per cent based on statistics from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Air India saw its PLF rise by around seven per cent according to the DGCA data.

On the other hand, Air Costa failed to maximise flight operations for the month of November due to several issues.

Of the 11 local air carriers in India, SpiceJet made it to the top rank in terms of PLF. Last month, the low-cost airline's PLF hit the 90.7 per cent mark.

IndiGo, a close competitor, also performed well in November, garnering a PLF of 83.9 per cent. This was followed by national carrier, Air India whose PLF went up to 81.7 per cent, a 7.1 percentage points rise over the previous month's 74.6 per cent.

SpiceJet's current record of accomplishments is a far cry from its 2014 performance. Late last year, it almost went out of business.

On the other hand, record of flight cancellations for November includes that of regional carrier Air Costa which registered over 19 per cent cancelled flights. Others who have resorted to flight cancellations for the same month were Truget with 2.16 per cent, followed by Air Paegasus with less than 1 per cent cancelled flights.

Occupying the top two positions in terms of best On Time Performance (OTP) are Vistara with 91.5 per cent and IndiGo with 98.2 per cent. Vistara's latest OTP rating was based on flights conducted at Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.

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