model together clocked 15,243,898 passengers.
Chennai airport clocked the highest international traffic as it hosted 2,284,434 passengers during April-September 2013, against 2,257,635 during the same period of the previous year. Kolkata airport was a distant second as it saw 815,892 passengers during the first two quarters of the 2014 fiscal, against 762,278 passengers during the same period of the previous year.
Meanwhile, the total number of domestic passengers in the country grew by 6.6% during the period to 60,532,313. Delhi and Mumbai were also the busiest domestic airports with 11,973,563 and 10,736,774 passengers respectively. Though the domestic passengers at the Delhi airport grew by a mere 4.4% y-o-y, the same for Mumbai stood at 11.8%.
“We expect domestic traffic in FY14 to grow by 5-7%, and international traffic by 9-11% over last year,” said Amber Dubey, partner and head (aerospace and defense) at global consultancy KPMG.
“The next fiscal is expected to witness a healthy growth on the back of expected reforms in ATF and MRO taxes, growth of tier II and III airports, reduction in airport charges, flights by new entrants like Air Asia and Tata Singapore and the likely abolition of the 5/20 rule,” he added.
Meanwhile, Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) expects the Indian airports to handle million passengers year by 2023 fiscal.