Aviation Air India IndiGo Jet
Aviation Air India IndiGo JetReuters file

IndiGo, the low-cost airline owned by Interglobe Aviation, retained its position as the largest carrier in the Indian domestic air traffic market in January, followed by Naresh Goyal's Jet Airways and state-owned Air India.

While IndiGo's share was 35.6 percent, Jet Airways remained second, with 18.7 percent market share, followed by Air India that had a share of 16 percent, according to statistics released by the civil aviation ministry on Thursday.

SpiceJet's market share was 13.2 percent, up from 12.7 percent in December 2015.

Wadia Group company GoAir saw its market share decline marginally to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent in December 2015.

The overall domestic passenger traffic grew 22.58 percent to 76.55 lakh passengers, up from 62.45 lakh registered in January 2015.

The other domestic air carriers in India are AirAsia India, Air Costa and Vistara.

The passenger load factor, a key performance metric, was the highest for SpiceJet at 92.1 percent, followed by GoAir and IndiGo at 84.9 and 84.7 percent, respectively.

Interglobe Aviation shares closed at Rs 849.75 a piece, up 1.13 percent, while Jet Airways ended at Rs 542.2, down 1.27 percent. SpiceJet shares lost 3.17 percent to settle at Rs 65.70.

The figures were released by  the civil aviation ministry after the closing of trading on the stock exchanges.

Overall, domestic carriers flew 77.09 lakh passengers in December 2015, up 19.70% from 64.40 lakh in December 2014, and 73.22 lakh in November 2015.

The passenger load factor (PLF) in December 2015 was the highest for SpiceJet, at 92%, followed by IndiGo at 88.5%. Most of the carriers saw an increase in their PLF in December 2015.