Thursday, March 30, 2017

Indian airports handle 254m passengers in 2016

Indian airports handled over 254 million passengers in 2016, an increase of 20 per cent over 2015, a latest passenger statistics from the Airports Authority of India (AAI) confirms. This means that India moves into fifth place in the global rankings, overtaking Ger-many and behind only the US, China, Japan and the UK.

While the US and China are well out of reach, it is possible that India could overtake the UK - whose airports welcomed over 270 million passengers last year - either in 2017 or maybe 2018, and possibly catch Japan by 2020.

Leading the way among Indian airports was New Delhi, which sailed past the 50 million passenger milestone in 2016 and finished the year handling 55.6 million passengers, an increase of 21 per cent compared with 2015.

Of the top 15 airports, 12 grew their passenger volumes by more than 15 per cent, while two - Guwahati and Jaipur - saw growth of more than 30 per cent. With passenger numbers at Bengaluru passing 22 million thanks to growth of 22.5 per cent, local media have reported that there is now consideration being given to re-opening the city's old airport, which was closed when the new airport opened in 2008.

Passenger numbers on domestic routes increased by more than 20 per cent in every month of 2016. In fact the sequence of 20 per cent-plus growth goes back to November 2015. The last time the country achieved such growth across every month was a decade earlier in 2006.
29/03/17 MenaFN

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