Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Booming Bengaluru sees traffic treble in just 10 years; domestic links lead the way; IndiGo biggest carrier

Bengaluru Airport (Kempegowda International) claims to be the first in India to be built as a result of a public-private partnership (PPP). The Government of India signed a concession agreement with Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru in July 2004 and the airport opened for operations in May 2008, replacing the city’s previous facility which was operated by Hindustan Aeronautics. Bengaluru was the third busiest airport in the country in FY17/18, behind Delhi and Mumbai but ahead of Chennai. It was the third busiest in terms of domestic traffic but only the fifth biggest for international passengers. has examined Bengaluru’s network trends since the current facility opened, including its domestic and international traffic growth rates, plus the airport’s leading airlines and routes for S18.

The current Bengaluru Airport first welcomed commercial airline services in FY08/09. According to data from the Airports Authority of India, Bengaluru handled 8.76 million passengers during that 12-month period (it is unclear if this includes data for the old airport for April to May, prior to the new facility opening on 24 May 2008). Traffic has trebled since then, with 26.91 million travellers using the airport in FY17/18. Bengaluru has only witnessed one year-on-year decline in passenger numbers over the 10 financial years it has been operating, with this taking place in FY12/13 when traffic fell by 5.5%. The largest single increase occurred in FY15/16, with passengers up 23% compared to FY14/15. The airport has enjoyed particularly strong growth over the past four financial years, with an average growth rate of 23% over this period. Traffic levels have doubled at Bengaluru since FY13/14.