Interesting article on market share of airlines in India based on January 2006 data. Jet-Sahara combine at 46%, Indian at 25%, Deccan at 13%, Kingfisher at 8%, and Spice at 6%. Annual airline seat inventory expected to be in excess of 50 million in 2006. Link:
The new generation carriers appear to have got off to a roaring start this year, with their market share climbing to 28-29% in January ’06, as against Jet Airways’ 35%, IA-CD’s (Indian/Alliance Air) 25%, and Air Sahara’s 11.5%. Last year, the lone start-up, Air Deccan, was holding its own with about 7% market share, which it has nearly doubled to 13.3% this year, according to industry estimates. Kingfisher, which has been on a rapid aircraft acquisition mode, has a market share of nearly 8%, while Spicejet’s share stands at 6%.
Interestingly, while the biggest domestic airline, Jet Airways, has lost market share, it has gained significantly in actual passenger carriage, and maintained its passenger load factor. This January, the aviation landscape has several new colours to its credit. There are eight airlines fighting for a slice of action on a larger playground as against four. The available seat inventory is said to be around 39% higher at an estimated 1,12,000 this year. In February, with carriers such as Air Deccan, Kingfisher Airlines, Go Air and Paramount increasing capacity, industry analysts expect the inventory to be in the region of 1,25,000-1,28,000 seats a day.
With all start-ups planning significant increases in capacity this year — Kingfisher (fleet may rise to 20 planes), Deccan (38 planes), Spicejet (12/14 planes), Go (7/9 planes) and Paramount (10 planes) — the market is set to sizzle.