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AI dismisses CAPA report; says, ‘Yours truly is still the Maharaja’

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New Delhi: Air India said that it is still a market leader among Indian airlines when it comes to capacity deployment on international routes. The airlines released a statement to the media after a consultancy firm, Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), had said in a report that IndiGo had the largest market share on international route.

CAPA had released a report on August 31 that said that IndiGo “now (had) the largest share of international seats to/from India.”

Air India responds

The statement released by the national carrier on Monday said that Air India’s deployment on international routes is currently almost double than that of IndiGo. It said that according to its “comparative scheduled capacity analysis on international routes,” Air India as 16.7 percent share in September when measured in terms of available seat kilometres (ASKMs).

What is ASKM?

Under ASKMs, the total passenger capacity of an airline is measured and it is calculated by multiplying the total number of available seats for passengers with the total number of kilometres flown by those seats.

‘IndiGo is No.2’

Air India said that domestic carrier IndiGo was No. 2 in terms of market share on international routes as it has 8.6 percent share in ASKM terms in September. The state-run airline, which is slated to get disinvested, said that in September it and IndiGo have scheduled passenger capacity on international routes of 3.
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73 million ASKMs and 1.86 million ASKMs. respectively.

“Evidently, Air India is the market leader in capacity deployment between India and various international destinations. The second position held by IndiGo lags by almost half of Air India’s capacity,” the national carrier said.

‘CAPA analysis flawed and misleading’

“The analysis done in your (CAPA) report to showcase IndiGo as largest carrier on international routes is flawed and misleading. This, of course, has been done by replacing ASKMs which is a true measure of capacity deployment with seats offered,” Air India said.

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