Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

Indian aviation: passengers, position, profits

In 2016, Indian aviation was challenged by a high base and it bested that, as airlines added routes, flights and passengerscatapulting India up global ranks

In a year in which new-economy sectors made all the news, one old-economy business finally delivered a maturing it had been promising for two decades now: domestic aviation. The stage for this coming of age was set in 2015, when the price of aviation fuel—the biggest cost head for an airline—tumbled and the sector started turning in 20%-plus growth in passengers. But 2015 was also coming off a turbulent 2014. In comparison, 2016 was challenged by a high base and it bested that, as airlines steadily added routes, flights and passengers—catapulting India up the global ranks in domestic aviation.

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