Overseas air travel outpaces domestic traffic for the first time in 15 months

The number of Indian travellers to international destinations grew at a faster pace than those flying within the country for the first time in 15 months in November.

Passenger growth rate on overseas routes stood at 12.8 per cent during the month compared to 11 per cent on domestic routes, according to data compiled by BloombergQuint from the website of Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

That’s important as passenger growth rate on domestic route for the aviation sector is the lowest since August 2014. Also, the difference between the growth rates is the widest in four years.

The Indian travel market has been buoyant through the year. According to data collected by the DGCA, domestic airlines carried a record 10.6 crore passengers in January-November 2017, an increase of 17 per cent from the same period last year; the International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects India to become the third largest aviation market by 2025.

At present, around 25 million tourists from India travel abroad.