India topped the global charts in domestic air passenger growth for the 23rd straight month in February, helped by strong demand and increased load factor, IATA has said. In February, the country’s growth in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) stood at 17 per cent.
Globally, RPK — an indicator of passenger growth — declined to 4.8 per cent during the same period.
“India topped the domestic growth chart for the 23rd month in a row in February. Adjusting for the leap year effect, February was the 16th consecutive month in which the annual RPK growth rate exceeded 20 per cent, IATA said in a release.
It noted that there is little sign that the demonetisation exercise had unduly affected air passenger demand. “Airlines are scheduling a 5 per cent increase in domestic routes in 2017, along with a similar-sized increase in average flight frequencies on each route,” said the statement.