Airlines in India ‘have experienced substantial volatility in traffic and it is likely that the increase is a result of unusually low volumes a year ago rather than growth in October’, the latest air traffic analysis of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said.
While Indian carriers experienced double-digit growth as traffic leapt 11.5 percent in October compared to a year ago, it said that the passenger load factor rose 1.4 percent to 72.1 percent while air capacity climbed 9.4 percent.
The global passenger traffic results for October showed ‘a moderate acceleration of the robust demand trend of the last few months’, as Asia-Pacific carriers continued their ‘solid performance’ with a 7.8 percent rise in October – ‘the strongest performance among the three biggest regions’,
including North America and Europe, the IATA study said.
Reacting to the analysis, IATA director general and CEO Tony Tyler said, "In 2013, the airline industry will carry more than three billion passengers in a year for the first time. And on 1 January 2014, we will celebrate a century of scheduled commercial aviation. These twin landmarks provide an opportunity to reflect on the enormous contribution aviation makes to all of our lives."


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