Air India tops list in on-time performance

Monitor Online Date: 23 November, 2022

Air India was the most punctual airline in October, as per data from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. 

The civil aviation regulator calculates On-Time Performance (OTP) of scheduled domestic airlines at four metro airports: Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.

Air India reported an on-time performance of 90.8pc last month compared with 87.1pc in September.

The Tata Group acquired Air India and Air India Express in January this year under a government-led strategic divestment programme. The other airlines from Tata Group umbrella Vistara, a 51:49 joint venture with Singapore Airlines, and Air India’s subsidiary AirAsia India have also performed well in the punctuality meter.

Vistara stood at the second spot with an on-time performance of 89.1pc in October compared with 91pc in September, and AirAsia India recorded a punctuality of 89.1pc versus 89.8pc in September.

IndiGo continued to be on the fourth position and recorded an 87.5pc on-time performance. The largest airline by market share has been unable to beat its rivals in punctuality over the past seven months, monthly data released by the DGCA shows. 

IndiGo was the most punctual airline for domestic flights in February and March, with 95.4pc and 93.9pc of flights reaching destinations on time, respectively. Since then, however, the Tata group airlines AirAsia India and Vistara have soared ahead in time-keeping.

In October, IndiGo was followed by government-run Alliance Air with an on-time performance of 74.5pc, followed by SpiceJet at 68.9pc, and Go FIRST airline continued to be the least punctual for the second month in a row with a 60.7pc on-time performance.

India’s air passenger traffic in October rose 10.2pc on month and 27pc on year to 114.07 lakh air passengers. IndiGo was the largest airline with a market share of 56.7pc in October compared with 57.7pc in September.

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

Low-cost carrier SpiceJet retained its market share at 7.3pc whereas Go FIRST recorded a fall to 7pc in October from 7.9pc in September.

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 82.1pc from 81.4pc in September. SpiceJet also witnessed an increase in capacity utilisation to 88.1pc from 85.8pc. For Tata group airlines, the PLF rose to 82.7pc from 79.6pc for Air India and to 84.2pc from 77pc for AirAsia India. Vistara witnessed a marginal increase to 85.5pc from 85.4pc in September. Akasa Air recorded a dip in capacity utilisation to 77.5pc in October from 81.2pc in September.

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