India’s airports have capacity for growth

India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has noted the rise in air passenger traffic and aircraft movements over the last three years, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6 per cent and 3.3 per cent respectively. However, freight traffic has witnessed negative growth and declined by one per cent from 2010-11 to 2013-14.


India’s airports have capacity for growth


India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has noted the rise in air passenger traffic and aircraft movements over the last three years, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6 per cent and 3.3 per cent respectively. However, freight traffic has witnessed negative growth and declined by one per cent from 2010-11 to 2013-14.

In the current year (Apr-2014 to Jan- 2015), aircraft movements, passengers and freight traffic have increased by 11.8, 4.5, and 11.7 per cent respectively in comparison to the traffic handled during the period from Apr-2013 to Jan-2014.

“The rise in air passenger and aircargo traffic is an assorted result of various factors including economic environment, commercial factors, increased traffic demand and load handling capacity of airports and airlines,” said India’s Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma.

He also noted that all the airports in the country have sufficient capacity to cater to the increasing air passenger and air cargo traffic. The Indian airports have a combined capacity to cater to 220.04 million passengers and 4.63 million tonnes of cargo per annum and handled 168.92 million passengers and 2.28 million tonnes of cargo in 2013-14.