The Indian aviation market has long languished despite the country's demographics: the world's largest middle class, the fourth-largest economy and an 8% annual growth rate. But India's per capita number of flights is fewer than Haiti's and a fraction of the U.S. and Australian ones. India's two largest airports rank 80th and 109th in the world, while the combined fleets of its two national airlines come to fewer than 80 jet aircraft. But now at least half a dozen private airlines are either flying or planning to start operations soon. Growth in the past few years has been almost 7% yearly, reaching 24% in the most recent year. A "blue sky" strategy is seeking to remove burdensome taxes and fees, promote private equity investments by removing barriers to entry, encouraging better oversight for safety considerations, and develop ways to support services that are socially desirable if not economically feasible. Still, the costs of operating in India are extremely high, with navigation charges and fuel sales taxes higher than most international rates. The current growth rate signals the attractiveness of the market, which could rise to as high as 10,000 flights a day, versus today's 600. The article includes descriptions of leading contenders in Indian aviation industry.

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  • Authors:
    • Thomas, G
  • Publication Date: 2005-4


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  • Accession Number: 00989448
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  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
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  • Created Date: May 3 2005 12:00AM