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Bangalore – A Microcosm of Indian Aviation?

17 Mar 2015 / by OAG

 OAG’s on-time performance data for February 2015 at Bangalore’s Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) can be seen as a microcosm of Indian aviation. Domestic air travel is booming with the data showing an increase in domestic flights of 15% year-over-year. Internationally the growing importance of UAE as a trading partner is translated into a 60% increase in frequencies.

The overall number of flights at BLR rose 12% with much of the increase due to new air services operated by low cost carriers. While on-time performance is down slightly compared to a year earlier, it’s a credible 80% and reflects both the pressure of handling more flights and the focus on on-time performance of the low cost market segment. In this instance, it’s IndiGo and Air Costa, a regional Indian airline which only commenced operations in October 2013, which are driving the growth.  The low cost carrier share of frequencies grew by 25% between February 2014 and February 2015 while the legacy carrier share declined by 1%. Low cost carriers accounted for over half – 56% - of all flights at BLR in February.

While the exact numbers may differ, the direction of travel matches that of India. A rising middle class, new confidence in the economy, and enterprising new entrant airlines mean that low cost carriers now account for half of all flights to, from and within India.

 

Topics: Airports, Asia

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