Air India leads in share of passenger traffic

Passenger Traffic & Rate of Growth in Aviation

Passenger Traffic & Rate of Growth in Aviation

New Delhi: Despite its huge losses, Air India has emerged as the number one carrier during October-December 2008, in terms of both passenger carriage (market share) and aircraft movement of the 79 international carriers that operate to and from India, according to government figures.
However, in overall share, gulf carriers are dominating. Eight of the top 20 airlines (in terms of passenger carriage) were Gulf carriers in the same period.
AI had a 24% market share of international traffic in October-December quarter. Emirates followed with 10.3% share, with third highest aircraft movement. Jet, which had the second highest aircraft movement, is third on the passenger movement list with 9% market share. Kingfisher, which started international operations late last year, figures at number 46.
The Airports Authority of India’s (AAI) figures show how Gulf airlines have managed to upstage the past giants, European carriers, who were not so long ago the first choice of people travelling between India and the west.
The top 20 airlines dominate 71% market share. Of this 71%, Gulf carriers control 27% with Emirates leading the pack. The other biggies are Air Arabia, Qatar Airways, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Oman Air, Gulf Air, Etihad and Kuwait Airways. The five southeast Asian airlines in the top 20 list enjoyed a 13% share with Singapore Airlines in the forefront and others being Cathay Pacific, Thai, Sri Lankan and Malaysian.
Among the four European carriers in top 20 list, Lufthansa and British Airways have over 3% share, while Air France and KLM are over a percent each. US carrier Continental is at number 20 with a 1% share. Indian carriers’ total share is about 33%. This means one-third of people travelling to and from India fly Indian carriers. The balance 66% use foreign airlines, where carriers from Gulf are dominating.


~ by anand213 on March 13, 2009.

3 Responses to “Air India leads in share of passenger traffic”

  1. Hi there,

    Since I’m currently working on a project for my uni regarding Air India, I would honestly appreciate if you could tell me the source of these statistics.

    Keep up with the good job!



  2. Sir i am glad that i have a person working for a Air India project… Just amazing.. As per your question.. I just had a full research about the contents provided .. and updated here.. Looking forward to talk to you more..

  3. It’s actually “Madame” 🙂
    Thank you for the update. In your spare time you might want to have a quick look at my presentation on Air India which was part of the project and can be seen at Your thoughts and comments will be more than welcome!
    It is amazing how much is going on in Indian aviation nowadays so please, keep us posted an up-to-date!

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