Aviation as a catalyst for economic growth - a case study in India

The aviation industry is, in its own right, employing a large number of highly skilled workers. Yet its importance is often overlooked. Value is created not just by a new air service, but by the connections this air service can provide through a wider air transport network. Air transport provides the only worldwide passenger and cargo transportation network. It connects people and businesses to the global economy. This paper attempts to analyze the multiplier effect of aviation industry, including direct, indirect and catalytic multipliers, on the economic output, as well as employment generation. The paper also attempts to analyze the impact of connectivity on passenger demand. A study was undertaken to examine the economic impact of aviation on a region. The concept of graph theory was applied to four major hubs, i.e., Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, to analyze the connectivity and accessibility indices. This paper identifies some of the forces that influence the impact of air transportation on regional connectivity and economic productivity. A conceptual model has been developed to highlight the interdependence of the national economy and the air transportation system. The relationships are identified using regional economic and social indicators combined with airline traffic. The study also finds that there is a relation between air connectivity and the accessibility index with respect to economic development.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from the publisher.
  • Authors:
    • Sabikhi, Poonam
    • Sarkar, P K
  • Publication Date: 2014-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 49-56
  • Serial:
    • Indian Highways
    • Volume: 42
    • Issue Number: 5
    • Publisher: Indian Roads Congress
    • ISSN: 0376-7256

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  • Accession Number: 01528603
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 9 2014 1:30PM