Indian domestic market continues to grow at 20%; Indian airports handled 124 million passengers in 2009 (+14%)

Inauguration of the new Terminal 3 at GMR’s Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport

The inauguration of the new Terminal 3 at GMR’s Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport took place on 3 July. Pictured are: Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson - United Progressive Alliance; Sheila Dixit, Chief Minister of Delhi; Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India; Praful Patel, Minister for Civil Aviation; and GM Rao, Group Chairman - GMR Group. Mr Rao said: “The new Terminal 3 symbolises the aspirations of a new and vibrant India.”

Domestic air travel in India continues to grow strongly in 2010 with the dominant domestic market reporting growth of over 20% once again in both April and May.

Chart: Indian domestic air traffic development - Year-on-year change in monthly passengers: 1/06 to 5/10

Source: Airports Authority of India, DGCA India

Jet and JetLite combined continue to share around 26% of the domestic market in terms of passengers, followed by Kingfisher, whose market share has been sliding once more as the airline seeks to match capacity more accurately with demand. Paramount’s market share has fallen dramatically after the airline was forced to ground some of its Embraer aircraft at the end of March after a dispute with the lessor GECAS. According to the airline’s booking tool it now serves just three airports; Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai. The “News Room” section of its website which featured 34 stories written about the airline in 2009 has apparently failed to find any stories written about the airline in 2010. This would appear to be a case of ‘no news is bad news’ for the airline. Paramount’s share of the domestic market had been as high as 2.3% in April 2009 but in May of this year it was just 0.3%.

Chart: Domestic market share of Indian airlines Share of domestic passengers carried in 2009-2010

Source: Airports Authority of India, DGCA India

Delhi passes Mumbai as India’s busiest airport

During the last 12 months, Delhi has overtaken Mumbai to become India’s busiest airport. In the 2009 calendar year Delhi’s traffic grew by 8.6% to reach 25.3 million while Mumbai’s passenger numbers increased by just 1.9% to reach 24.8 million (Source: ACI). Chennai ranked third with 10.2 million, followed by Bangalore with 9.4 million and Kolkata with 7.6 million.

In the 12 month period to March 2010, India’s airports handled a total of 123.8 million passengers, compared with 108.9 million in the previous 12 month period, an increase of 13.6%. Domestic passenger numbers passing through India’s airports were up 15.6% to 89.4 million while international demand also increased but by only 8.8% to 34.4 million.

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  1. chris says:

    Chart shows Indian Airlines, there is no such entity, it had been merged with Air India

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