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India is expected to become the third largest aviation market by 2020 and is expected to be the largest by 2030.

Indian Airports Analysis

Latest update: February, 2018

  • Domestic passenger traffic expanded at a CAGR of 11.46 per cent over FY06–17
  • According to Directorate General of Civil Aviation, domestic passenger traffic witnessed growth at a rate of 22 per cent, in comparison 21.24 per cent in FY16.
  • International passenger traffic registered growth at a CAGR of 8.33 per cent over FY06-17.
  • During February 2017, domestic airlines carried over 8.23 million passengers, showing a growth of more than 23 per cent compared to the same period last year.
  • During FY17, domestic passenger traffic increased by 22 per cent in comparison with growth rate of 21.24 per cent in FY16.
  • During FY16, international passenger traffic increased by 7.72 per cent.

Notes: FY - Indian Financial Year (April - March), CAGR - Compound Annual Growth Rate
Source: Airports Authority of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation

Passenger Traffic in FY15
  • Freight traffic on airports in India is expected to cross 11.4 million tonnes by 2032.
  • Growth in import and export in India will be the key driver for growth in freight traffic as 30 per cent of total trade is undertaken via airways.
  • Airports across the globe are planning on increasing their spending on new technology to keep up with surging passenger traffic, which is expected to double to 370 million by 2020. The anticipated double digit growth would make India as the world’s 3rd largest aviation market by 2020.
  • Fliers would soon be able to use biometric details for security checks at airports after good feedback from a pilot project.

Source: Airports Authority of India

International freight traffic was 61 per cent of the total in FY15


Last Updated: February, 2018

India’s domestic aviation market has become the third largest in the world and the overall civil aviation market* in India is all set to become the world's third largest by 2020. During April-December 2017, domestic airlines carried over 225.4 million passengers. By 2020, passenger traffic at Indian airports is expected to increase to 421 million.

Domestic passenger traffic expanded at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 12.39 per cent over FY06–17. International passenger traffic posted a CAGR of 9.27 per cent over FY06-17. Freight Traffic grew at a CAGR of 7.08 per cent over FY06-17. Freight Traffic is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.27 per cent to reach 4.14 million tonnes in FY23.

The Government of India has launched regional connectivity scheme named UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) to make flying affordable for common man.

AAI is going to invest Rs 15,000 crore (US$ 2.32 billion) in 2018-19 for expanding existing terminals and constructing 15 new ones. It has opened airport sector to private participation, six airports across major cities are being developed under the PPP model. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) aims to bring around 250 airports under operation across the country by 2020.

Note: *Domestic and International

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