An aircraft operated by IndiGo is seen from a control tower as it takes off at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) in Delhi. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)

IndiGo’s Capacity Addition Outstrips Aviation Sector In March

India’s largest airline benefited the most from the troubles faced by its rivals in March.

Capacity addition on domestic and international routes by IndiGo was nearly thrice that of the aviation industry, according to data compiled by BloombergQuint. This is also the first time that the InterGlobe Aviation Ltd.-owned carrier added more available seat kilometres—a metric for capacity—than the industry.

The aviation sector’s capacity addition was hit because rivals Jet Airways (India) Ltd.—which shut operations a month later—and SpiceJet Ltd. grounded nearly 50 aircraft in the period. SpiceJet had to ground its fleet of around 12 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft following orders from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. That came days after a 737 Max 8 jet operated by Ethiopian Airways crashed, killing its 157 passengers.

In contrast, IndiGo’s capacity addition rose nearly 35 percent to 191 crore available seat kilometres.

IndiGo’s Capacity Addition Outstrips Aviation Sector In March