Wednesday, October 19, 2016

India to be third largest aviation market by 2016, replacing UK

New Delhi: International Air Transport Association (IATA) in its latest 20-year Air Passenger Forecast has projected India to be the third largest aviation market by 2026, replacing the UK while China will displace the US as the world’s largest aviation market.

IATA on Tuesday said it expects India’s air passenger traffic to grow to 442 million by 2035 with 322 million new air travellers, amid the domestic aviation market growing by over 20 per cent for more than a year now.

The forecast for passenger growth confirms that the biggest driver of demand will be the Asia-Pacific region. It is expected to be the source of more than half the new passengers over the next 20 years.

China will displace the US as the world’s largest aviation market (defined by traffic to, from and within the country) around 2029.

India will displace the UK for third place in 2026, while Indonesia enters the top ten at the expense of Italy. Growth will also increasingly be driven within developing markets, it said.

Over the past decade the developing world’s share of total passenger traffic has risen from 24 per cent to nearly 40 per cent, and this trend is set to continue.
19/10/16 Daily Pioneer