New Delhi: The year 2012 has ended on a despondent note for the domestic airline industry.
The latest data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation show a decline of four per cent in the number of passengers carried by the domestic airlines in December 2012 compared with the same period last year.
The seven airlines carried 54 lakh passengers in December 2012, against 56 lakh flown in the same month last year.
On an annualised basis, too, the number of passengers carried by the industry saw a decline.
The data reveal a three per cent decline in the number of passengers flown during January-December 2012 at 5.88 crore compared with 6.06 crore last year.
In December 2012, the Delhi-based low-cost airline, IndiGo, maintained its position as the market leader with share of 27 per cent.
On a stand-alone basis, Air India took the number two spot with a market share of 20.6 per cent. However, if the passengers flown by Jet Airways and JetLite are combined, they had a market share of 25.6 per cent.
18/01/13 Business Line