The Indian domestic market is showing no sign of reducing its aviation activities, with a 25% increase in the number of flights scheduled for May 2007 compared with the same month last year. According to the latest statistics from OAG, the world’s authority on flight information, this represents an additional 8,631 flights and an astonishing 1.7 million extra seats available to people travelling within India.
This ranks India in third place in the Top 10 list of countries with the highest number of additional flights in May this year compared to the same month in 2006, behind China and the USA.
A total of more than 43 thousand domestic flights are timetabled this month for India.
Within this figure of all scheduled passenger flight operations, the low cost sector shows a 62% increase of over 7,000 more flights year on year and a staggering 151% rise in the number of seats available, representing an extra 1.6 million low cost seats.
The figures are revealed in the latest OAG Quarterly Airline Traffic Statistics, a regular snapshot of airline activity around the world. Flight information and data solutions company OAG, collates data from more than 1,000 scheduled airlines, on a daily basis, which gives an overview of anticipated travel demand. These statistics are compiled using OAG’s MAX suite of data analysis tools.
Duncan Alexander, VP Business Development & Industry Relations at OAG, commented:
“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 is still in its infancy in the Indian market. It has already far outstripped the ratio in the UK and US, two of the most established low cost markets.”
Last week OAG announced the formation of a strategic partnership with the Bird Group, one of the largest diversified groups in the aviation, travel and information technology arena, to strengthen its presence throughout India and the Indian sub-continent. The Bird Group is OAG’s National Marketing Company for the region, responsible for managing the sales and marketing of OAG’s portfolio of products and services for the airline, airport and corporate travel sectors. A micro site for the Indian region giving details of OAG’s travel planning solutions is now available at http://www.oag.com/graphics/birdgroup2.htm .
Bird Group Executive Director Mr. Ankur Bhatia said: “These statistics demonstrate just a small portion of the breadth and depth of information available within OAG’s suite of market intelligence and analysis tools. We are excited at the prospect of marketing these products and believe they will bring significant value to airlines, airports and the wider Indian air transport industry in helping to secure competitive advantage on the world stage.”
Internationally, India continues to show steady year on year growth, with a 7% increase in the number of flights into and out of India (an additional 835 flights and more than 200,000 seats a month). The number of flights has virtually doubled from 6,800 in May 2001 to 13,200 in May 2007.