NEW DELHI: Full service Vistara emerged as the second biggest airline by domestic market share in July with a 10.4% pie of the sky, distantly second to the market leader IndiGo at 58.8%, according to DGCA data. The number two, three and four positions saw airlines separated by just decimal points (see graphic).
SpiceJet had the highest occupancy on domestic flights at 84.7% last month, followed by Vistara at 84.3%. Other big airlines had load factors in seventies. In the past few months, the number two slot had kept shuffling between SpiceJet, Go and AI. Over 97 lakh domestic passengers travelled by air in July, 7.6% lower than the 1.05 crore in June, DGCA data showed.
The Tata Group airlines’ (AI, Vistara and AAIPL) combined domestic market share (not accounting for Air India Express that is essentially a regional international airline) was 23.4%. Both the Tatas and IndiGo are preparing major expansion plans under their new airline CEOs Campbell Wilson and Pieter Elbers, respectively, both of who are aviation veterans.
IndiGo will leverage its domestic dominance for medium haul foray to Europe, Far East and CIS states starting mid-2024 when the Airbus A321 XLRs start joining its fleet.