Indian Domestic Flight

India’s domestic airlines offer 8,600 more flights and 1.7 million more seats year on year. The Indian domestic airline market is growing without any signs of slowing down. There was 25 percent increase in the number of domestic flights scheduled for May 2007 compared with the same month last year.

According to the latest statistics, the Indian domestic flights are seeing an additional 8,631 flights and 1.7 million extra seats available to people traveling on flights within India, putting the country in third place.

India’s domestic market is experiencing an unprecedented growth, attributed to the increased operations offered by several low cost carriers as a result, nearly one in two flights within India is now operated by a low cost carrier.

This is even more impressive considering that the low cost phenomenon has just started in the Indian market. It has already far outstripped the ratio in the UK and US, two of the most established low cost markets. This has resulted in other foreign carriers like Virgin group eyeing to cash on it.

The market for International flights to India and from India also continues to show steady year on year growth, with a 7 percent increase in the number of flights into and out of India.

Some OAG key observations:
-India’s domestic airlines offer 8,600 more flights and 1.7 million more seats year on year
- 62 percent year on year growth in domestic low cost sector
- Low cost operations account for 44 percent of all flights within India [compared to 22 percent in UK and 19 percent in US]
- International flights show continuous growth, doubled since May 2001