Air India becomes the most punctual airline in October in 8 years

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Air India turned out to be the most punctual airline in October while Go First was at the bottom in the list of airlines with regard to on-time performance during the month. The OTP data was for four domestic airports: Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. A flight is considered punctual if it leaves within 15 minutes of its scheduled time.

Since 2014, Air India hasn’t topped the OTP chart for even a single month and would regularly report disappointing figures for departures. In October 2019, its OTP was 54.3%.

Air India posted 90.8% on-time performance (OTP) in October, beating all other Indian carriers for the first time in many years, followed by Vistara and AirAsia recording on-time performance of 89.1% during October, according to the monthly data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday, October 22.

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Air India becomes the most punctual airline in October in 8 years

After winning the bid on October 8, 2021, the Tata Group took over Air India on January 27. Six months later, Singapore Airlines veteran Campbell Wilson took charge as chief executive officer and managing director of Air India. One of his first pushes was to improve the airline’s OTP.

Mr. Wilson communicated with the airline’s integrated operations control center (IOCC) to report directly to him and give recommendations on improving on-time performance. Wilson inherited an airline that has largely been neglected for years. Sources say he’s been busy keeping a close eye on daily losses and fixing systems bogging down the airline.

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One of the first things the Tatas wanted to improve with Air India was its customer experience. Timely departures, good seats, and in-flight entertainment screens that actually work are all being looked at. And while there’s still some time before we can expect better aircraft interiors, it’s good to see the remarkable progress made in the punctuality department, all within a year of the new owners taking charge.

When Air India was a government-run airline, it generally used to be at the bottom of DGCA’s OTP list.

When Air India was a government-run airline, it generally used to be at the bottom of DGCA’s OTP list. Not only did the airline beat others in OTP terms in October, but it also crossed the landmark of flying more than 1 million domestic passengers in a month after a long time. Air India flew 1.03 million domestic passengers in October, according to the DGCA data.

Similarly, IndiGo recorded an on-time performance of 87.5% followed by government-run Alliance Air with an on-time performance of 74.5%. While Spicjet had an on-time performance of 68.9%. Go First was at the bottom with on-time performance of 60.7% during the month.

Meanwhile, Go First’s domestic passengers fell for the second consecutive month in October. Almost half of Go First’s aircraft fleet is currently grounded due to engine supply and maintenance issues.

ALSO READ – Go First grounds over a fifth of its fleet due to delayed deliveries of engines by Pratt & Whitney

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As per DGCA, analysis disclosed that the majority of delays (nearly 68%) were caused due to ‘Reactionary’ reasons.

As per DGCA, analysis disclosed that the majority of delays (nearly 68%) were caused due to ‘Reactionary’ reasons. Delay caused by late arrival of aircraft, crew, passengers or baggage from previous journeys come under Reactionary category.

So far as market share is concerned, IndiGo flew ahead of other airlines during the October month with 56.7% share in the domestic aviation sector. Vistara secured second slot with a market share of 9.2%. As per the latest data, of the aviation regulator, Indigo carried 64.71 lakh air passengers during the month while Vistara carried 10.49 lakh air passengers.

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The latest entrant Akasa Air recorded a market share of 1.4% in October, up from 0.9% in September. The market share of AirAsia India rose to 7.6% from 5.9% in September. Air India and Vistara recorded a slight dip in market share to 9.1% and 9.2% in October from 9.2% and 9.6%, respectively, in September.

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Indian carriers flew 11.4 million domestic passengers in October this year with about a 27% jump year-on-year.

In passenger load factor (PLF) or capacity utilisation, almost all major airlines recorded an increase except Akasa Air. The passenger load factor for IndiGo rose to 82.1% from 81.4% in September. SpiceJet also witnessed an increase in capacity utilisation to 88.1% from 85.8%.

For Tata group airlines, the PLF rose to 82.7% from 79.6% for Air India and to 84.2% from 77% for AirAsia India. Vistara witnessed a marginal increase to 85.5% from 85.4% in September. Akasa Air recorded a dip in capacity utilisation to 77.5% in October from 81.2% in September.

As per the DGCA, passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-October 2022 were 9.88 crore as against 6.20 crore during the corresponding period of previous year thereby registering annual growth of 59.16% and monthly growth of 26.95%.

The data said, nearly 1.14 crore passengers were carried by the domestic airlines during October in the country as against 89.85 lakh during the same period last year. Indian carriers flew 11.4 million domestic passengers in October this year with about a 27% jump year-on-year.

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