Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Domestic flyers cross 10-crore mark in Jan-Nov ’17

New Delhi: India's air traffic is booming, amid a crippling airport infrastructure cru- nch at its main aviation hubs of Delhi and Mumbai. This year in the 11 months from January to November, 10.6 crore people flew within the country — more than the 9.9 crore domestic flyers in January-December, 2016. This is the first time domestic flyer tally in a year has crossed the 10-crore mark in India and at the rate traffic is growing, 2017 is set to end with a total tally of at least 11.5 crore people flying within the country.
The record travel is also due to the steep rise in air travel during festive and holiday months. November 2017 saw one-crore-and-five-lakh domestic flyers, up 17% from 89.7 lakh in the same month last year. This is the third time this year when monthly domestic air travel crossed the crore-mark after October and May.
While the growth in air travel has come on the back of low fares offered by airlines, airport infrastructure has failed to keep pace with this jump in travel. Mumbai airport is saturated, with no new slots to offer as it has no place to expand. Delhi airport — with ample land bank — did not see any expansion in its terminal or runway capacity as traffic grew exponentially and is choked now.
20/12/17 Times of India