Dubai, Apr. 10 (ANI): Dubai-based Emirates in 2011-12 flew more international passengers in and out of India than Air India, recently released official data has revealed.
The statistics reportedly reveal that Emirates garnered 13.04 percent share of the total Indian market in 2011-12.
It flew 4.532 million passengers in and out of the country while Air India and subsidiary Air India Express put together carried 4.138 million passengers in the period, managing just 11.91 percent share of the market.
According to Gulf News, Emirates, the world's largest airline by international passengers flown, currently flies 185 flights a week to India via 10 gateways.
The carrier said last year it has contributed 596 million dollars to the Indian economy.
Commenting on why Indian carriers are lagging behind, India-based aviation analyst, Amber Dubey, Partner and Head-Aviation at global consultancy KPMG, said that "Air India had an unwritten 'right of first refusal' on global routes which they could not utilise fully due to their own challenges.
He added that young carriers like Indigo and Spicejet have a fleet that does not allow them to access long haul routes. All these factors have contributed to the low share of Indian carriers in India's global traffic.
According to the report, the other two Gulf carriers, Qatar Airways and Air Arabia, grabbed market shares of 4.41 percent and 4.31 percent respectively in the period.
In India, however, Jet Airways had 15.7 percent market share, followed by Kingfisher Airlines, which was in operations then, with 3.24 percent share, IndiGo 1.19 percent, SpiceJet 0.86 percent and JetLite 0.31 percent, the report added. (ANI)