Air traffic growth in India highest in world: Ramalingam

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Jodhpur, Feb 23 (UNI) The growth in domestic and international air traffic in India is among the highest in the world.

Speaking at a two-day international Aviation Conference, Airport Authority of India Chairman K Ramalingam said the growth of domestic air traffic is 28 per cent annually, while international air travel has registered a growth of 25 per cent.

The number of passengers has been increasing at a rate of 32 per cent.

Asked whether such a growth rate is sustainable, he said the growth is likely to be in the range of 12-15 per cent for the next 10 to 15 years.

He also emphasised the need for better infrastructure facilities and more integrated terminals which could be used for both domestic and international flights to cope with the demand.

Speaking on the occasion, Indian Oil Corporation Chairman Sarthak Bhuria said the IOC has 63 per cent share in aviation business and on an average 1500 aircraft are fuelled by IOC daily with an average of one aircraft per minute.

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