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India’s aviation sector has undergone rapid transformation since the liberalisation drive that began in 2003. The country has one state-owned airline, Air India, and six private airline groups, which between them carried just over 45 million domestic and 11 million international passengers in 2009/10. Total passenger numbers handled at Indian airports exceeded 120 million, making it one of the ten largest markets globally. Strong GDP growth, a young population and the expansion of India’s vibrant middle class is expected to see India achieve some of the fastest growth of any aviation market in the world over the next 20 years. And if costs can be continually brought down and competition remains strong, low fares should serve to stimulate new demand and draw millions of passengers away from the extensive rail network to faster and more comfortable air services.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation of India is responsible for the formulation of national policies and programmes for development and regulation of Civil Aviation and for devising and implementing schemes for the orderly growth and expansion of civil air transport. Its functions also extend to overseeing airport facilities, air traffic services (via Airports Authority of India and carriage of passengers and goods by air (via the Directorate General of Civil Aviation).
CAPA also publishes the analytical Monthly Essential India report.
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This is the third in a four-part series of extracts from the full 200+ page India Aviation Outlook Report for 2013/14. The first extract looked at the changing dynamics of the airline sector on domestic and international routes, while the second examined the policy vacuum that persists in India and the impact this has on the viability and development of the sector.
This third part addresses key issues in airport and airspace infrastructure, in particular the AAI's challenges in offering management contracts for two of India's major airports and the prospects for regional hub operations - or not.
The next and final extract will consider this year’s outlook for traffic, capacity, yields and airline profitability.
CAPA has today issued a world first 1,000 page CAPA World Aviation Yearbook 2013. We are happy to provide the report, in 10 parts to allow easier management, for free download by industry leaders.
The 2013 Yearbook contains a global overview, with extensive summary data for the largest 50 aviation countries and detailed analysis of more than 70 leading airlines, covering all regions of the world.
Full data sets are included for each airline and region, covering fleets, orders, delivery dates, capacity by route/region and premium profiles, making the CAPA Yearbook an invaluable resource.
This is the second in a four-part series of extracts from the 200+ page annual India Aviation Outlook Report 2013/14. The first extract looked at the changing dynamics of the airline sector on both domestic and international routes.
This second part looks at the policy vacuum that persists in India and the harmful impact of this neglect on the viability and development of the sector.
The third part will address key issues in airport and airspace infrastructure while the final extract will consider this year’s outlook for traffic, capacity, yields and airline profitability.
South African Airways has become the latest carrier to join the embrace of the Gulf carriers, signing a codeshare agreement with Etihad which adds 22 new codeshare connections between Africa and the Middle East and follows another important codeshare agreement with India’s Jet Airways. The agreements mark a shift for cash-strapped SAA towards recognition that as an end-of-line carrier it must develop a more virtual long-haul network. Such partnerships are part of SAA’s long term turnaround strategy and allow the carrier to extend its network without the need to commit capital to expensive long-haul aircraft.
SAA acting CEO Nico Bezuidenthout said the codeshare agreements would grow the carrier’s revenue, with initial expectations that the Etihad partnership would add about ZAR100 million (USD11 million) a year to revenue.
Meanwhile Etihad will increase its already comprehensive African coverage with the addition of SAA which improves access to the continent’s biggest economy.
CAPA will shortly release its keenly anticipated annual India Aviation Outlook Report for 2013/14. In this first of a four-part series of extracts from the full 200+ page report, we look at the changing dynamics of the airline sector on both domestic and international routes.
Part 2 examines the policy vacuum that exists in India and the impact this has on the viability and development of the sector. Part 3 will address key issues in airport and airspace infrastructure while Part 4 will consider the outlook for traffic, capacity, yields and airline profitability.
This article reviews some of the key points from the Outlook Report.
Etihad jolts the status quo again – Jet Airways and (wait for it) Air Canada are its newest partners
By purchasing a large minority share in Jet Airways, Etihad enormously entrenches its long term global position, as it secures intimate access to one of the world’s fastest growing markets. The deal is accompanied by expanded bilateral access and a new US pre-clearance facility at Abu Dhabi Airport. The near-billion dollar deal will not only radically shake up the Indian market – to the substantial disadvantage of now-marooned Air India – but the ramifications will be felt well beyond Indian borders.
And right on the heels of this announcement comes the remarkable news that staunch Gulf airline opponent Air Canada is to codeshare with….Etihad. For now the scope is limited – but it will expand, as Etihad’s virtuous circle spreads.