India’s domestic aviation sector continued to soar in August 2016, led by budget airline IndiGo.
According to the latest official data from the country’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the number of passengers carried on domestic routes in India surged 24% to 8.38 million last month, compared to 6.67m in September 2015.
Of this total, 3.34m passengers chose to fly with IndiGo, giving the low-cost carrier a market share of almost 40%. Air India however, flew just 1.23m domestic passengers, giving the national carrier a market share of less than 15% – its lowest monthly percentage so far this year.
A resurgent SpiceJet recorded the highest average load factor.
For the first eight months of 2016, domestic air traffic in India has surged 23% to 64.47m passengers.
India is now the world’s fastest-growing major domestic aviation market, outpacing China.