Losing the top position to neighbouring China, India
became the world's second fastest growing domestic aviation
market in July, according to global airlines' body IATA.
tops the domestic chart for just the 2nd time in 28 months, but the upward trend in India
has picked up," the IATA
said on Wednesday, while adding that passenger demand
remains on course to grow solidly this year as a whole.
In July, India
registered a growth of 12.5 per cent whereas Chinese market grew 15 per cent during the same period. It is measured in RPK (Revenue
Passenger Kilometres) -- an indicator of demand.
"Year-on-year growth in domestic India
RPKs slowed to 12.5 per cent in July - its slowest pace since November 2014. That said, a very strong month-on-month increase in seasonally-adjusted RPKs in July meant that annual RPK growth managed to remain in double digits for the 35th consecutive month," IATA
While the growth seems to have slowed in the opening months of 2017, the International Airport Transport Association
(IATA) said the strong upward seasonally-adjusted traffic trend looks to have reasserted itself in recent months.
"As is the case in China, demand
continues to be stimulated by a sizeable increase in the number of domestic routes served," it added.
said the easing in the seasonally-adjusted industry-wide RPK trend also reflects a reduced degree of stimulus to demand
from lower airfares.
"All told, the strong first half of the year and the robust start to the peak summer period means that 2017 is on course to be another year of above-trend RPK growth.
"However, the moderation in demand
drivers suggests that the upward trend in H2 2017 and into 2018 is likely to be somewhat weaker than was seen in the same period of 2016," it said.