Budget airline SpiceJet has become the third largest domestic Indian carrier after it left Air India (AI) behind in the month of February.
The jump from the fifth position came after the airline launched 'Big Sale' scheme offering million air tickets at Rs 2,013,apiece, beating both Jet Airways and AI.
According to Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the SpiceJet flew 20.4 per cent of total domestic passengers in February this year as opposed to 18.4 per cent in January. Meanwhile, Air India's market share dipped from 20.3 per cent to 18.9 per cent in February and so did Jet Airways' from 20 per cent to 19.1 per cent in February.
In a statement, DGCA said, "The passenger load factor in the month of Feb 2013 has remained almost same compared to Jan 2013 except Spicejet, which has shown appreciable increase. This is perhaps due to the fact that Spicejet offered a short term scheme on various sectors from 11th - 13th Jan 2013 for travel from Feb 2013 to Apr 2013."