Growth of air traffic
The Handbook on Civil Aviation Statistics, 2014-15 reveals that air traffic registered a robust growth in 2014-15 as compared to the previous year.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) released the third edition of the Handbook on Civil Aviation Statistics, 201415 in October 2015. The Handbook, released by M. Sathiyavathy, Director General of Civil Aviation, illustrates civil aviation data and contains an analysis of passenger and freight traffic, aircraft, air safety, human resources, operating economics and other aviation related statistics. The annual publication includes traffic statistics, financial statistics, fleet and personnel statistics as well as time series data.
According to the handbook, air traffic registered a robust growth in 2014-2015. While domestic passenger traffic registered a growth of 15.52 per cent, international passenger traffic witnessed a growth of 6.15 per cent during this period. In addition to this Handbook, DGCA publishes the monthly operating statistics of scheduled airlines and air transport statistics every year on its website. The DGCA is a regulatory body in the field of civil aviation which deals primarily with air safety issues. It endeavours to promote safe and efficient air transportation through regulation and a proactive safety oversight system.
The proportion of belly cargo to the total cargo carried has been declining over the years. However, in 2014-15, the proportion of belly cargo in total domestic cargo increased as compared to the previous year.
The domestic cargo traffic registered a growth of 7.6% (CAGR) over the period from 2004-05 to 2014-15 while International cargo traffic grew at 6.3% (CAGR) during the same period.