The enormous growth in air travel in India and China, in one chart

The skies are getting busier above India and China.

A lot busier.

Just take a look at the chart below for evidence.

Source: IATA.

From the International Air Transport Association (IATA), it shows growth in domestic revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) by market over the past year.

RPKs are simply the number of kilometers traveled by paying passengers.

In India, domestic RPKs grew by 27.9% over the year, near double the 15% increase in China over the same period.

At 5.9% growth year-on-year, the Russian domestic market came in a distant third place.

In overall terms, total domestic RPKs worldwide grew by 7.8% in the year to March, leaving RPKs for total air travel — including domestic and international — up 9.5% from a year earlier.

Given their sheer population size and growing ranks of middle class households, it’s likely that air travel in China and India will grow a lot further yet in the decades ahead.

IATA has more here.

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