SpiceJet pips IndiGo on punctuality

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IndiGo, which accounted for a little over 39 per cent (4.13 million) of the total domestic traffic in November, slipped to the second position in on-time performance (OTP). Rival SpiceJet delivered the highest OTP at 81.9 per cent from four major metro airports, according to the monthly traffic data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

SpiceJet also clocked a seat factor of over 90 per cent for the 32nd consecutive month, at 95.5 per cent in November. “Our on-time performance at 81.9 per cent was the best of all airlines in India. SpiceJet also recorded the highest load factor for the 32nd month in a row. The load factor at 95.5 per cent is also the highest in SpiceJet’s history. This has set a new threshold in global aviation and we are proud of that,” said Ajay Singh, chairman and managing director, SpiceJet, in a statement.

Naresh Goyal-promoted Jet Airways’ OTP hit rock bottom in November as nearly half (54.1 per cent) of its flights along with subsidiary JetLite) failed to depart or arrive at their destinations on time, the monthly DGCA data showed.

Domestic air travel demand surged nearly 17 per cent in November to 10.48 million passengers compared to 8.96 million from a year-ago period, thereby registering a growth of 16.99 per cent on the back of festive season demand and addition of new flights and routes.

Passenger load factor, a measure of how full the plane flies, has shown an increasing trend in November, primarily due to the tourist season, the DGCA said. November is also the month when airlines’ winter schedule comes into effect, during which carriers announce new flights and routes.

At present, the DGCA publishes monthly OTP of domestic airlines from four metro airports — Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

Regional carrier, TrueJet, cancelled the highest number of flights among all 12 domestic carriers while disinvestment-bound national carrier, Air India, saw the maximum number of passengers complaints against its services during the month.

OTP of an airline is measured from the time an aircraft gets detached from an aerobridge or step ladder for the push back at the departing airport to the time it gets attached to an aerobridge or step ladder at the arriving airport.

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