India Sees Highest Domestic Market Growth in 2015 – IATA
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced industry performance statistics for 2015 that showed India had the fastest domestic passenger growth last year.
With annual growth of 18.8 percent in a market of 80 million domestic passengers, India’s performance surpassed that of Russia (11.9 percent growth, in a market of 47 million domestic passengers), China (9.7 percent growth, in a market of 394 million domestic passengers) and the United States (5.4 percent growth, in a market of 708 million domestic passengers).
The data was part of IATA’s 60th edition of the World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) yearbook.
The data also showed that airlines in the Asia-Pacific region carried the largest number of passengers. The region had a 34 percent market share with 1.2 billion passengers, an increase of 10 percent compared to the region’s passengers in 2014. Europe was in second place with a 26.2 percent market share (935.5 million passengers, up 6.7 percent over 2014) and North America had a 24.8 percent market share (883.2 million, up 5.2 percent over 2014).
The top five international/regional passenger airport-pairs were all within the Asia-Pacific region: Hong Kong-Taipei (5.1 million, up 2.1 percent from 2014); Jakarta-Singapore (3.4 million, down 2.6 percent); Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Hong Kong (3 million, increase of 29.2 percent); Kuala Lumpur–Singapore (2.7 million, up 13 percent); Hong Kong-Singapore (2.7 million, down 3.2 percent).
The top five domestic passenger airport-pairs were also all in the Asia-Pacific region: Jeju-Seoul Gimpo (11.1 million, up 7.1 percent over 2014); Sapporo-Tokyo Haneda (7.8 million, up 1.3 percent); Fukuoka-Tokyo Haneda (7.6 million, a decrease of 7.4 percent from 2014); Melbourne Tullamarine-Sydney (7.2 million, down 2.2 percent); Beijing Capital-Shanghai Hongqiao (6.1 million, up 6.1 percent from 2014).