Where Does the Indian Airline Industry Go from Here?

Posted by Kunal Shah on Thu, Feb 27, 2020

This article originally was published on Forbes.com.

Over the past five years, India’s aviation industry has grown fast: in 2018, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicted that India would be the world’s third largest aviation market by 2024, and grow from 158 million passengers in 2017 to 572 million by 2037. However, after four years of double-digit demand growth, in 2019, air traffic in India rose 5.1%, down from 18.9% growth in 2018, according to IATA. While part of the decline can be attributed to the broader economic slowdown in India, industry-specific challenges are not helping.


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Why National Airlines Aren't Economically Justifiable

Posted by Glenn Hollister on Tue, Dec 18, 2018

Last year, Qatar Airways, part of the Middle East 3 (ME3) airlines with Etihad Airways and Emirates Airlines and backed by the Qatari government, bought a 49% stake in Meridiana, Italy’s second-largest airline, and renamed it Air Italy. The purchase was a way to expand the airline’s footprint as Qatari planes now fly routes from Italy to the U.S. But when Air Italy announced that it was adding even more flights to the U.S. earlier this month, U.S. airlines and lawmakers cried foul, saying that Air Italy would not be able to add these routes without Qatar Airways’ financial backing, thus violating (if not technically then at least in spirit) an agreement signed by the ME3 last year vowing that the Gulf carriers would not add such routes.


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Have We Reached Peak ME3?

Posted by Glenn Hollister on Tue, Nov 14, 2017

I just completed a trip to India on Etihad Airlines, which reminded me of how good the service is on the Middle East 3 (ME3) airlines: Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. It’s the kind of service once lauded in an Emirates ad with Jennifer Aniston, where the actress has a nightmare that she’s on a plane with no shower and no cocktail lounge, only to wake up on a luxurious Emirates plane, which, of course, has both.


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