IATA: Indian domestic air travel moderates in May-2018, with mixed economic signals

    IATA reported (05-Jul-2018) domestic air travel in India rose 16.6% year-on-year in May-2018, down from 25.7% in Apr-2018. Passenger volumes in India fell back in seasonally adjusted terms in recent months alongside some mixed signals on the economic front. May-2018 was India’s 45th consecutive month of double digit annual RPK growth. Demand continues to be supported by strong growth in the number of airport connections within the country. According to IATA, 22% more airport pairs are scheduled to operate in 2018 compared to 2017. Indian capacity grew 18% and load factors fell 1.1ppts to 87.5%, the highest of any major domestic market. [more – original PR]