KFA withdrawal has other airlines on a high
With Kingfisher Airlines missing from the flight schedule of the Pune Airport since October, other airlines are making hay. The latest data released by the Airport Authorities of India (AAI) in Pune shows the Kingfisher passenger load stands shared between GoAir, IndiGo and SpiceJet, besides Indian Airlines.
Incidentally, till the beginning of last year, KFA was flying to the maximum number of destinations from Pune and handling the highest number of passengers after IndiGo.
According to the data (December 2011-December 2012) shared by the AAI, the airline owned by Vijay Mallya would witness 666 flight movements and handle almost 65,118 passengers a month — the second highest after IndiGo that was flying 67,837 passengers in 396 flight movements — during this time last year. And while Kingfisher flight movements are down to zero ever since the Directorate General of Civil Aviation suspended its flying licence in October 2012, the passenger load of all other airlines has substantially gone up.
In December 2011, according to the AAI, Indian Airlines was flying a total of 23,166 passengers. The number today is 30,000. Doing better, SpiceJet is up at 63,529 from last year's 61,000. The one to have benefited the most is GoAir, the passenger movement for which has increased from 25,180 to 40,527 per month, besides IndiGo that has crossed the 1-lakh mark from last year's 67,863.
The case is no different with cargo movement. With Kingfisher, which carried 7,87,550 tonnes per month, out of the picture, the one to have benefited the most is GoAir again, the cargo carriage figures of which jumped to 4,19,463 tonnes in December 2012 from 2,93,669 tonnes a year ago. JetLite, which was not operating then, now carries almost 80,000 tonnes, according to the latest details. Indian Airlines, too, has witnessed a rise from 65,000 tonnes to 94,131 tonnes.