Double-digit growth in air passenger traffic for 54th month

India continued to register double-digit growth in air passenger traffic for the 54th month in a row in February, the International Air Transport Association said.

In its global passenger traffic results for February, IATA said that the ‘Revenue Passenger Kilometers’ grew by 10% in the Indian domestic sector. RPK is the product of the total number of revenue-paying passengers and the distance flown.

India’s RPK was rivalled only by China, which posted a growth of 11.4% in February. However, seats available on domestic airlines in India grew by 12.3%, the highest growth among world’s domestic markets.

In October 2018, India had crossed a milestone when its domestic passenger traffic clocked double-digit growth for 50 straight months. In fact, the growth in passenger traffic in October was 15%, much higher than in February 2019. Aviation industry experts now say that with Jet Airways curtailing its schedule, the passenger traffic growth is likely to slow down.

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