SpiceJet records highest load factor for September

New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet on Wednesday reported the highest passenger load factor (PLF) in the Indian civil aviation market during September.

The PLF is a key indicator of the company’s performance, as it measures the average percentage of seats filled on airline’s aircraft fleet.

According to the company, the latest Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) statistics revealed that the airline’s PLF stood at 93 percent in September.

“We continue to deliver strong performance despite September normally being a weaker quarter,” said Shilpa Bhatia, senior vice president and head of sales and distribution, SpiceJet.

September was the sixth month in a row that the airline has topped the charts in terms of PLF.

Furthermore, the airline elaborated that September was the fifth consecutive month that SpiceJet maintained a PLF of over 90 percent.

“Our on-time performance (OTP) has also shown a significant improvement over the past few months. We are confident that our new winter schedule will witness the load factors and customer confidence trending in the right direction,” Bhatia added.

The airline’s OTP for September stood at 85.1 percent as computed for its operations across the four metro airports of Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

The airline had a market share of 12.3 percent in September.

Currently, SpiceJet operates 250 daily flights to 40 destinations, including 34 domestic and six international cities.

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