IndiGo replaces Air India as No 3 carrier in the country

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India’s largest low-cost airline IndiGo has replaced the state-owned Air India as No 3 carrier in terms of market share in the domestic market in November, the air traffic data released by the Directorate General of Civil aviation (DGCA) has showed.

IndiGo now commands 17.3% share in the domestic market as compared to 17.1% by the public sector’s Air India. The budget airline carried 8.43 lakh passengers during this month as against 8.36 lakh air travelers flown by the full-service Air India.

With its fleet of 31 Airbus A320 aircraft, IndiGo operates 207 daily flights connecting 22 destinations including all the metro cities and smaller towns such as Agartala,Goa, Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Patna, Pune, Srinagar and Vadodara.

“It’s on expected line. IndiGo has expanded very fast and has maintained very high fleet utilisation level. Their flight occupancy is the highest in the industry. We expect them to be No 2 by early 2011,” Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) India head Kapil Kaul said.