Indian carriers' passenger numbers up 16.6% in 2011

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The total number of passengers carried by Indian airlines increased by 16.6% year on year to 60.7 million in 2011.

In December, the number of passengers carried rose by 8.0% to 5.63 million, compared with the same period a year ago.

In 2011, Jet Airways, including JetLite, gained a market share of 25.9%, followed by IndiGo at 19.5%, Kingfisher at 18.0%, Air India at 16.0%, SpiceJet at 14.4% and GoAir at 6.1%.

In December 2011, the largest market share went to Jet Airways, including JetLite, at 27.6%, followed by IndiGo at 20.4% and Air India at 17.4%. Market share for SpiceJet, Kingfisher and GoAir were at 16.8%, 12.1% and 5.7%, respectively.

IndiGo's seat factor rose to 90.4% in December from November, followed by JetLite at 82.5%, SpiceJet at 82.0%, Jet Airways at 78.5% and Air India at 77.3%. However, the seat factor of Kingfisher and GoAir declined to 78.3% and 77.0% respectively.