India domestic market shrinks 5% in June

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Latest Indian government statistics show the country's domestic air passenger market shrank by 5% in June from a month before.

Indian airlines carried 3.7 million passengers in June, down from 3.9 million in May, according to a statement from the civil aviation ministry.

Kingfisher retained its top position, carrying 900,000 passengers for 24.4% market share. Jet Airways/JetLite carried 880,000 (23.9%), Air India 6.5 million (18%), SpiceJet 4.8 million (13%), Paramount 73,000 (2%), GoAir 200,000 (5.4%), and IndiGo 500,000 (14%).

Load factors were slightly lower during the month as well. Paramount, which operates Embraer regional jets, had 88%, IndiGo 82%, GoAir 85%, SpiceJet 77%, JetLite 74%, Jet Airways 68%, and Air India 68%.

The statement also says that domestic carriers carried 8% fewer passengers in the first half of 2009 compared with the first half of 2008.