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India tops domestic air passenger traffic in September, China second: IATA

Author: IANS/Friday, November 3, 2017/Categories: Aviation

India tops domestic air passenger traffic in September, China second: IATA

New Delhi, Nov 3 - India's domestic passenger traffic was the highest among major aviation markets at 15.5% in September, followed by China and the Russian Federation, a global airline association said.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), in its global passenger traffic data, revealed that India's domestic demand -- revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) -- was the highest among major aviation markets like Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, Russia and the US.

The IATA data showed that India's domestic RPK -- which measures actual passenger traffic -- rose by 15.5% in September compared with the corresponding month of the previous year.

India was followed by China (10.1%) and the Russian Federation at 7.3%.

In terms of capacity, India's domestic ASK -- which measures available passenger capacity -- climbed higher by 13.9% in September, followed by China's (10.7%) and Russian Federation's 7.2%.

"Domestic demand climbed 4.2% in September compared with September 2016, heavily affected by weather disruptions in the US market, which accounts for more than 40% of all domestic RPKs," IATA said.

"India and China continued to lead all markets with double-digit annual traffic increases while results were mixed elsewhere. Capacity rose 4.7% and load factor slipped 0.4 percentage points to 82.2%," it added.

The international passenger demand for September climbed 5.7% compared with the year-ago period.

In addition, the September capacity edged higher by 5.3% and load factor was up 0.3% at 81.6%.

"September's growth in passenger demand was healthy, notwithstanding the heavy impacts of extreme weather events on the Americas," said IATA Director General and Chief Executive Officer Alexandre de Juniac.

"Global economic conditions support rising passenger demand, but with higher cost inputs, the demand stimulation from lower fares has waned, suggesting a moderating trend in traffic growth," he added.

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