Privately managed airways Jet Airways, along with its low-cost airline JetLite, was India's largest domestic airline operator in the year of 2008. The airline has served about 12.01 million passengers for a market share of 29.5 percent in the previous year. Second largest carrier in terms of number of passenger carried was Vijay Mallya's Kingfisher Airlines, along with its budget carrier Kingfisher Red, flying 11.26 million passengers to capture a 27.6 percent market share. This data has been publised by civil aviation ministry. The government managed Air India's domestic operations, which earlier operated under the Indian Airlines brand name, has got a sloppy performance and served just 6.63 million passengers for a market share of 16.3 percent. Even after the proliferation of low-cost carriers like SpiceJet, GoAir and IndiGo, the scheduled carriers continued to dominate the market with a 54.7 percent share. Overall, Indian domestic carriers ferried 40.7 million passengers in 2008, a marginal drop of 5 percent over the previous year. Indian carriers carried 42.8 million passengers in 2007. This results shows that more and more Indians are looking for private airlines especially budget airlines to commute within India.

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