IndiGo took the No. 1 spot in on-time performance (OTP) in November, after seven months. It dislodged Air India, which was second. IndiGo carried more passengers sequentially, while its market share fell to 55.7% (from 56.7% in October).
At least 92.5% of IndiGo’s flights were on time in Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai, according to data shared by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). This is the best OTP clocked by the airline since March this year when it had clocked 93.9%. Tata Group airlines – Air India, Vistara and AirAsia – which had clinched the top three spots in October, shifted one position down in that order.
“We are pleased to return to the top of on-time performance operations. Despite numerous challenges, the team at IndiGo has devised and successfully executed its plan to ensure the passenger experience, consistency and operational efficiency that IndiGo is renowned for.”Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, President and Chief Operating Officer, IndiGo
Overall air traffic grew 2.3% sequentially to over 11.6 million in November. In October, airlines had flown 11.4 million passengers.
Indigo flew ahead of other airlines during November with a 55.7% share of the domestic aviation sector, while Vistara secured the second slot with a market share of 9.3%. As per the data for November from aviation regulator DGCA, Indigo carried 65.01 lakh air passengers during the month while Vistara carried 10.87 lakh.
While Go First improved its market share slightly, its OTP was the worst amongst all airlines at just 35.9% during November. This was the second month in a row where the Wadia Group airline found itself at the bottom of the OTP ranking.
IndiGo’s improvement in OTP comes at a time when the Tata Group is working towards consolidating its four airlines while committing itself to improve services overall in line with its target of achieving 30% market share in the next few years. The brand run by InterGlobe Aviation, which has the largest fleet, has been facing issues with its aircraft engines leading to the grounding of several of its planes.
As per the DGCA data, the overall cancellation rate of scheduled domestic airlines for the month has been 0.25%, and the main reasons have been identified as weather, technical, or operational. A maximum of 41.7% of flights were cancelled for technical reasons and 31.6% for weather-related reasons during the month.
Domestic aviation traffic continues to record growth as passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-November 2022 stood at 11.05 crore as against 7.26 crore during the previous year, registering an annual growth of 52.19% and monthly growth of 11.06%.