The Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation reported that the domestic airline passenger traffic in January 2009 has remained virtually unchanged at 3.326 million when compared to 3.323 million in December 2008.
Kingfisher took the top spot from Jet group (Jet Airways and JetLite), with 0.919 million passengers and 28% market share.
The steep fare cuts and sales announced by airlines have not provided the required jump in passenger load factors, which resulted in the airlines withdrawing the special fares, prompting rumours of cartelisation by the government.
Indigo remained the leader amongst nation-wide carriers in passenger load factors at 72.2%, while regional specialist Paramount kept the overall top spot at a whopping 83.1%. It will be interesting to understand how load factors are calculated.