IATA announces 8.4 percent growth in Indian domestic air passenger traffic in Feb
It is interesting to note that the Coronavirus outbreak had a minimal impact on the country’s aviation sector
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced global passenger traffic data for February 2020. As per the data, India‘s domestic passenger traffic has registered 8.4 per cent growth in February, as compared to the year 2019. However, it is interesting to note that the Coronavirus outbreak had a minimal impact on the country’s aviation sector.
Informing about the growth, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in a statement declared, “RPKs (revenue passenger kilometres) picked up in India (up by 8.4 per cent year-on-year) as local carriers boosted air travel demand by lowering airfares in the typically weak travel season.
Talking about the global passenger traffic, Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, “Airlines were hit by a sledgehammer called COVID-19 in February. Borders were closed to stop the spread of the virus. And the impact on aviation has left airlines with little to do except cut costs and take emergency measures in an attempt to survive in these extraordinary circumstances. The 14.1% global fall in demand is severe, but for carriers in Asia-Pacific, the drop was 41%. And it has only grown worse. Without a doubt, this is the biggest crisis that the industry has ever faced.”
The IATA, which represents around 300 airlines accounting for 82 per cent of the global air traffic, measures passenger growth in terms of RPKs, which is calculated by multiplying the number of passengers with the distance travelled by them.