Friday, October 06, 2017

India maintains double-digit growth in air traffic for 36th straight month

New Delhi: India's domestic passenger traffic grew by 16 per cent in August, a global airline association said on Thursday.

"Indian airlines achieved a 36th consecutive month of double-digit traffic growth as demand rose 16 per cent," the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in its global passenger traffic data.

"Traffic continues to be stimulated by sizeable increases in the number of domestic routes served."

India's domestic demand -- revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) -- was highest amongst major aviation markets like Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, Russia and the US.

The IATA data showed that India's domestic RPK -- which measures actual passenger traffic -- rose by 16 per cent in August compared to the corresponding month of the previous year.

India's domestic passenger traffic growth was followed by that of China at 10 per cent and Japan at 9 per cent.

In terms of capacity, India's domestic ASK -- which measures available passenger capacity -- edged higher by 15.1 per cent in August.

It was followed by China's ASK growth at 10.4 per cent and Russian Federation's at 8.4 per cent.
05/10/17 IANS/Business Standard