India’s low-cost airline IndiGo has emerged as the world’s sixth-largest carrier by passenger volume for March, according to the UK-based Official Airline Guide (OAG).
The airline carried more than 2.02 million passengers in the month, the most by any Asian carrier, according to statistics collected till March 28.
IndiGo was also named the world’s fastest-growing airline by OAG, with a 41.3% growth in frequency in March. The airline also ranked among the top 10 airlines in the world by seat capacity for March.
The OAG data includes airport and route capacity as well as a list of the 20 largest worldwide airlines by flights based on monthly data. IndiGo is the only airline from India to appear on this list.
“It is exciting to see IndiGo among the top airlines in the world. It also is a moment of pride for India, and a strong indicator that the nation is bouncing back strongly from the pandemic. With the easing of restrictions around the world, we look forward to opening more routes and frequencies. This will allow an even greater number of passengers to experience an affordable, on-time, safe and hassle-free travel experience, onboard our lean clean flying machine.”Ronojoy Dutta, Wholetime Director and Chief Executive, IndiGo
The airline recently announced the re-introduction of scheduled operations of more than 150 foreign flights from various airports in India in April. IndiGo has also expanded its domestic network with several new routes.
IndiGo has evolved from a single plane carrier to a fleet of 276 aircraft since its establishment in August 2006. As of January 2022, the airline is India’s largest passenger airline, with a market share of 55.5%. IndiGo has a total of 97 destinations, including 73 domestic and 24 internationals.
According to ch-aviation, IndiGo was part of the top 25 airlines in the world with the most active aircraft in March 2022 with 92% active aircraft.