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Indian air traffic jumped 18% in March

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India’s domestic air traffic continued to surge in March 2015.

According to the latest data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the country’s passenger traffic (measured in revenue passenger kilometres, or RPK), jumped 17.9% year-on-year during the month.

This came despite the fact that India’s airline only added 5.2% more available seats, driving average aircraft load factors to a healthy 80.3%.

IATA said the continued growth was due to “market stimulation by local carriers and a strengthening economy”.

The result made India the second highest growing major domestic aviation market in the world in March, after China, which recorded a 22% rise in RPK. The global average growth was 8%.

In terms of international services, airlines in the Asia Pacific region experienced an 11.1% increase in demand compared to March 2014 – the strongest of any global region.

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