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Top 10 Airlines in India 2015

Top 10 Airlines in India 2015

India is one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world. It has caused high competition to airline Industry. As by the DGCA Traffic data and No of Passengers carried by domestic airlines during Jan-Aug 2015 were 523.55 lakhs as against 433.24 lakhs during the corresponding period of previous year thereby registering a growth of 20.84%. There are scads of private airlines increased their presence in India by ordering new fleets and destinations. We have amassed a list of the largest airlines in India, according to market share.

1. Indigo Airlines 

IndiGo Airline is an Indian Low-cost airline company headquartered at Gurgaon, India. The airline offers more than 633 daily flights connecting to 38 destinations including 5 international destinations with its primary hub at Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. It presently operates a fleet of 97 aircraft belonging to the Airbus A320 family. In 2014, IndiGo carried 21.4 million passengers in the domestic sector.

Total Market Share : 38.5%
  1. Fleet size : 97
  2. Passenger Load factors : 76.8%
  3. Cancellation Rate: 0.10%
  4. Passenger Complaints in average :0.7 % (No. of Complaints/10,000 Pax)

On-Time Performance (Scheduled Domestic Airlines):

  • BLR : 90.0%
  • DEL : 88.8%
  • HYD : 85.0%
  • BOM : 69.2%

2. Jet Airways 

Jet Airways is a major Indian airline based in Mumbai. It is the second largest airline in India, both in terms of market share and passengers carried, after IndiGo. It operates over 300 flights daily to 74 destinations worldwide. Its main hub is Mumbai, with secondary hubs at Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Jet Airways serves 47 domestic destinations and 22 international destinations, a total of 69 in 19 countries across Asia, Europe and North America.

Total Market Share : 19.8%
  1. Fleet size : 116
  2. Passenger Load factors : 80.8%
  3. Cancellations : 0.96%
  4. Passenger Complaints in average : 1.4 % (No. of Complaints/10,000 Pax)

On-Time Performance (Scheduled Domestic Airlines):

  • BLR : 89.6%
  • DEL :87.6%
  • HYD :85.6%
  • BOM :82.7%

3. Air India 

Air India is the flag carrier airline of India owned by Air India Limited (AIL), a Government of India enterprise. It is the third largest airline in India (after IndiGo and Jet Airways) in domestic market share, and operates a fleet ofAirbus and Boeing aircraft serving various domestic and international airports. It is headquartered at the Indian Airlines House in New Delhi

Total Market Share : 16.4%
  1. Fleet Size : 108 (excluding subsidiaries)
  2. Passenger Load factors :79.3%
  3. Cancellations : 1.20%
  4. Passenger Complaints (average) :1.7 % (No. of Complaints/10,000 Pax)

On-Time Performance (Scheduled Domestic Airlines ):

  • BLR :83.4 %
  • DEL :79.4 %
  • HYD :78.6%
  • BOM :68.2%

4.Spice Jet

SpiceJet is an Indian low-cost airline headquartered in Gurgaon, India. It is the country’s fourth largest airline by number of passenger carried with market share of 12.3% as of July 2015. The airline operates more than 270 daily flights to 41 destinations, including 34 Indian and 7 international cities

Total Market Share : 12.3%
  1. Fleet size : 34
  2. Passenger Load factors : 92.1%
  3. Cancellations :0.70%
  4. Passenger Complaints (average ) :1.4% (No. of Complaints/10,000 Pax)

On-Time Performance (Scheduled Domestic Airlines):

  • BLR : 81.3%
  • DEL :77.4%
  • HYD : 76.9%
  • BOM : 71.4%

5. Go Air 

GoAir is an Indian Low cost carrier based in Mumbai. It commenced operations in November 2005. It is the aviation foray of the Wadia Group. As of January 2014, it is the fifth largest airline in India by market share. It operates domestic passenger services to 22 cities with over 140 daily flights and approximately 975 weekly flights. Its hubs are atChhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai

Total Market Share :8.2%
  1. Fleet size : 19
  2. Passenger Load factors :75.6%
  3. Cancellations : 0.44%
  4. Passenger Complaints (Average ): 1.3%(No. of Complaints/10,000 Pax)

On-Time Performance (Scheduled Domestic Airlines):

  • BLR : 85.6%
  • DEL : 90.1%
  • BOM : 76.9%


JetKonnect, is a low-cost brand of Jet Airways an airine based in Mumbai, India. owned by Jet Airways. It was originally their low-cost subsidiary called Jetlite, but started using the name JetKonnect after merging with Jet Airways’ other inhouse low cost brand in 2012. It is currently undergoing a process of integration with Jet Airways and flies for them as code share i.e. Jet Airways flights operated by JetKonnect, till the two are merged completely. All ground and onboard services are as on Jet Airways, and aircraft are being repainted in its livery.

Total Market Share : 3.0%
  1. Fleet size : 9
  2. Passenger Load factors :78.7%
  3. Cancellations :0.44%
  4. Passenger Complaints (Average ): 1.4%(No. of Complaints/10,000 Pax)

On-Time Performance (Scheduled Domestic Airlines):

  • BLR :89.6%
  • DEL :87.6%
  • HYD :85.6%
  • BOM :82.7%

7.Air Asia

AirAsia India is an Indo-Malaysian low cost carrier headquartered in Chennai, India. The airline is a joint venture with Air Asia Berhad holding 49% of the airline, Tata Sons holding 40.06% and Telestra Tradeplace having the remaining 10% in the airline. The joint venture would also mark Tata’s return to aviation industry after 60 years. Air Asia India commenced operations on 12 June 2014 with Bangalore as its primary hub.AirAsia is the first foreign airline to set up a subsidiary in India

About Airline :

Total Market Share : 1.4%
  1. Fleet size : 5
  2. Passenger Load factors : 72.1%
  3. Cancellations : 0.0%
  4. Passenger Complaints (Average): 1.0% (No. of Complaints/10,000 Pax)

8. Vistara 

Vistara is an Indian airline based in Gurgaon with its hub at Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport. The carrier, a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, commenced operations on 9 January 2015 with its inaugural flight between Delhi and Mumbai and had carried a total of 500,000 passengers by August 2015. As of September 2015, the airline operates 251 weekly scheduled passenger services across 10 domestic destinations within India with a fleet of 6 Airbus A320-232 aircraft. Vistara was the first airline to introduce premium economy seats on domestic routes in India

Total Market Share : 1.3%
  1. Fleet size : 7
  2. Passenger Load factors : 62.9%
  3. Cancellations : 0.19%
  4. Passenger Complaints (Average): 0.2% (No. of Complaints/10,000 Pax)

9.Air Costa

Air Costa is an Indian regional airline based in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. The first flight was on October 2013, fromChennai which is one of their main operating and maintenance hubs. It is part of the LEPL Group, a Vijayawada-based company, and has started with 300 employees including expatriate pilots and engineers and commenced scheduled operations in October 2013 using two Embraer E-170 aircraft.

Total Market Share : 1.0%
  1. Fleet size : 4 (+50 on order)
  2. Passenger Load factors : 77.3 %
  3. Cancellations : 0.79%
  4. Passenger Complaints (Average): 0.8 % (No. of Complaints/10,000 Pax)

 10. Air Pegasus 

Air Pegasus is an Indian regional airline based in Bangalore, India. The airline, subsidiary of Decor Aviation, an aircraft ground-handling services company, commenced operations on 12 April 2015 with its inaugural flight between Bangalore and Hubli. As of September 2015 Air Pegasus serves 6 airports across South India from its main hub atKempegowda International Airport in Bangalore with a fleet of 2 ATR 72-500 aircraft

Total Market Share : 0.2%
  1. Fleet size : 2
  2. Passenger Load factors :77.1 %
  3. Cancellations : 5.81%
  4. Passenger Complaints (Average): 1.4 % (No. of Complaints/10,000 Pax)

Report courtesy : DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation), India

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