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Indian civil aviation flies from strength to strength; domestic pax almost double in past five years


Airline traffic growth in India remained in the double digits in Feb-2011 with growth of 18.5% in the month and year-to-date growth of 19.6% to 9.5 million. This marks two consecutive Februarys of traffic growth with domestic traffic almost doubling from Feb-2006 levels and growth of 94% over the past five years. Domestic traffic is now some 37% above Feb-2009 levels, 28% above Feb-2008 levels and 40% above Feb-2007. [1275 words]

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  • Domestic traffic could average as much as 20% in 2011: CAPA
  • Six consecutive months of double-digit growt; 21 months of growth
  • Kingfisher largest stand-alone carrier in Feb-2010
  • Battle between Kingfisher and IndiGo for first place
  • LCCs hold 47% domestic market
  • Load factors weaken slightly in Feb-2011
  • OTP rate of 81.2% for domestic carriers
  • Growth not without its challenges

Graphs and data:

  • Indian carriers' domestic passenger numbers and passenger number growth: Feb-2009 to Feb-2011
  • Indian carriers' domestic passenger numbers and passenger number growth: Feb-2006 to Feb-2011 (February in light blue, trend line in green)
  • Indian domestic passenger traffic: Jan-2011
  • India domestic market share by carrier: Feb-2011
  • Indian carriers' seat factor: Jan-2011 and Feb-2011
  • Indian carriers' seat factor: Feb-2011
  • India domestic on-time performance rate: Feb-2011
  • Reasons for delays in Feb-2011
  • India on-time performance rate of foreign carriers to/from India: Feb-2011
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