ALSO READDomestic air passenger traffic up 15% in March India's domestic passenger air traffic growth accelerates to 15.3% Domestic air passenger traffic up 20% to 18.9 mn in June: ICRA 1 crore passengers ferried: May's air traffic hits new record India's domestic air passenger traffic up 16% in August: DGCA data
"Indian airlines achieved a 36th consecutive month of double-digit traffic growth as demand rose 16 per cent," the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in its global passenger traffic data.
"Traffic continues to be stimulated by sizeable increases in the number of domestic routes served."
In terms of capacity, India's domestic ASK -- which measures available passenger capacity -- edged higher by 15.1 per cent in August.
It was followed by China's ASK growth at 10.4 per cent and Russian Federation's at 8.4 per cent.
"Capacity rose 6.9 per cent and load factor increased 0.6 percentage points to 84.5 per cent. All markets reported demand increases with the exception of Australia," it added.
The international passenger demand for August climbed 7.2 per cent compared to the year-ago period.
In addition, the August capacity increased by 6.3 per cent, and load factor rose 0.7 per cent to 84.5 per cent.
"Following the strong summer traffic season in the Northern hemisphere, 2017 is on course to be another year of strong traffic growth. However, some important demand drivers are easing, particularly lower fares," said IATA's Director General and Chief Executive Officer Alexandre de Juniac.
"As we head towards the end of the year we still expect growth to continue, but potentially at a slower pace," he added.