Air India and Jet Airways help AAPA member airlines report international growth of 6% in first half of 2014

India’s airlines head to Europe. In the first half of 2014 Jet Airways launched a new service between Mumbai and Paris CDG (14 May), while Air India introduced flights from Delhi to both Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa on 6 June. Since the beginning of 2014, India’s two biggest international carriers now report their international traffic statistics to the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).

Data from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) shows that international passenger numbers for the 30 airlines based in the region for which it collects data has grown by 4.9% in the first six months of 2014, to 123.4 million. However, capacity (as measured by ASKs – Available Seat Kilometres) grew by 6.4%, resulting in average load factors falling by 1.1 percentage points to 76.7%.

Chart - AAPA airline data Year-on-year change in international passengers: 2007-2014

Source: AAPA.

According to AAPA, the relatively modest growth of 2.1% in June 2014 can be explained, at least in part, by the on-going political situation in Thailand, which has impacted inbound tourism to the country. The effect of the changing position in the calendar of the Chinese New Year can be seen in the figures for January 2013 and January 2014.

Four Indian airlines now providing data in 2014

In January of this year AAPA added five new airlines to those that it collects data for. Four of these are based in India (Air India, IndiGo, Jet Airways and SpiceJet), while Singapore-based Tiger Airways was the remaining new carrier. The 30 airlines for which AAPA collects and publishes aggregated international traffic data are: Air China (CA), Air India (AI), Air New Zealand (NZ), AirAsia (AK), All Nippon Airways (NH), Asiana Airlines (OZ), Bangkok Airways (PG), Cathay Pacific Airways  (CX), Cebu Pacific Air (5J), China Airlines (CI), China Eastern Airlines (MU), China Southern Airlines (CZ), Dragonair (KA), EVA Air (BR), Garuda Indonesia (GA), IndiGo (6E), Japan Airlines (JL), Jet Airways (9W), Jetstar Airways (JQ), Korean Air (KE), Malaysia Airlines (MH), Philippine Airlines (PR), Qantas (QF), Royal Brunei Airlines (BI), Singapore Airlines (SQ), SpiceJet (SG), Thai Airways (TG), Tiger Airways (TR), Vietnam Airlines (VN) and Virgin Australia Airlines (VA).


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