Friday, September 22, 2017

Bengaluru, Delhi top air traffic growth in 2016

Mumbai: Airports in Bengaluru and Delhi showed the fastest growth in passenger traffic in 2016 among global peers, aided by a surge in domestic air travel and  introduction of new routes.

With a 22.5 per cent growth, the Bengaluru airport was ranked first among airports handling 15-million-plus passengers annually. Delhi, which recorded 21 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) growth, bagged the first position ahead of Incheon (South Korea) and Kunming (China), among airports handling 40-million-plus passengers a year. The slot constrained Mumbai airport, which registered a growth of 9.9 per cent and took the fifth position.

Bengaluru and Delhi handed 22.2 million and 55.6 million passengers, respectively, in 2016.

The ranking was released earlier this week in a report by the Airports Council International, a trade association of world airports. Delhi continues to show highest growth in the current year, and has recorded 14.9 per cent growth in the first eight months.

Domestic air traffic rose 23 per cent y-o-y to 99.8 million, making India the fastest-growing air travel market in 2016. In the first eight months of 2017, traffic rose nearly 17 per cent, according to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

“Slots are not available at the Mumbai airport, and airlines have added new flights from Delhi and Bengaluru. On domestic routes, IndiGo and Vistara have led capacity expansion, while Air India introduced new international flights from Delhi to San Francisco and Madrid in end-2015 and -2016, respectively,” said Ameya Joshi, founder of aviation blog Network Thoughts.
22/09/17 Aneesh Phadnis/Business Standard