Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Pune Airport pushes past five million barrier; IndiGo retains its #1 spot with impressive 17% annual growth

What a year 2015 was for Pune Airport, the facility that serves the second largest city in the Indian state of Maharashtra – the largest city and capital being Mumbai, which lies around 125 kilometres to the north-west of Pune. Annual growth of 29% has meant that the predominantly domestic airport (passenger traffic is split 95.4% domestic; 4.6% international for the 10 months ending January 2016) has shattered the five million passenger barrier for the first time in its history last year. At the same time, it has jumped ahead of Goa Airport in terms of the Indian airports rankings, into ninth spot, as the coastal city 350 kilometres to the south grew by a more modest, but not-so-sluggish 12% only in 2015.
The dramatic rise of Pune is well-illustrated in the above passenger traffic graph, with the airport anticipated to grow by 240% if’s forecast for the FY2015/06 period is proven correct. Looking back to OAG schedule data for the airport in March 2006, at that time Jet Airways was the #1 carrier at the airport, followed by SpiceJet and Indian Airlines (now part of Air India). To put this growth into further perspective, the airport’s total weekly seats in the week commencing 14 March 2006 (19,250) was less than IndiGo’s alone (24,000) for the same week in 2016.
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