According to IATA, India witnessed the highest growth of 23.3 per cent in domestic air travel demand worldwide in 2016 twice that of neighbouring China.
The global airlines' grouping today said domestic India market topped the growth chart for the second year in a row with passenger volumes surging twice as that of China.
"Domestic air travel rose 5.7 per cent in 2016. Capacity rose 5.1 per cent and load factor was 82.2 per cent, up 0.5 percentage points over 2015," it added.
"All major markets except Brazil showed growth, but India and China, with RPK expansion of 23.3 per cent and 11.7 per cent, respectively, were the stand-out performers," it further said.
As per latest data from aviation regulator DGCA, reflecting strong growth, Indian carriers flew nearly 100 million passengers on the domestic routes last year.