Indian air traffic climbs 8% in 2009
Domestic air travel in India made a comeback in 2009, with passenger traffic registering an increase of 7.9% over the previous year, Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation has reported. In 2008, air traffic fell by 5%, with just 41.2 million domestic fliers taking to skies, but 2009 this increased to 44.5 million, ahead of pre-downturn levels in 2007 levels. The revival in traffic has been strongest in the latter half of the year, with December seeing a 33% increase in passengers, to 4.5 million. Low-cost carriers secured a 55-60% share of the market.