Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Tailor at window, Barber on aisle

Figures from budget airlines suggest that 25-30 per cent train passengers have already been converted into sky-fi people. No wonder then that Milan Zatakia, national president of Air Passengers Association of India (APAI) says, “My barber prefers to fly down to Banglore to visit his family. Time is money; he can afford the luxury because it saves him two days of precious business.”
Thirty-five per cent of Air Deccan passengers are first-time flyers. GoAir sees 10 per cent of its passengers taking their first flight.
Vijaya Menon, head of corporate communications, Air Deccan, points out, “Approximately 40 seats out of 180 on our Airbus sectors are targeted at AC II-tier travellers.”
Similarly, Rahul Halve, chief commercial officer, GoAir explains, “Over 25 per cent of our passengers are also regular train passengers, showing the growing shift from train to rail.
While Air Deccan has grown from 0.4 million passengers to 7.3 million in just two years, Go Air has created a market share of 4 per cent within a year.
14/11/06 Soubhik Mitra/Daily News & Analysis