Air India Aims to Double International Transit Passengers

Air India, supported by the Tata Group, plans to double the number of international passengers who use Indian airports to transit to other destinations. Currently, about 4% of Air India’s international passengers transit through India, up from 0.5% before. The airline hopes to increase this to 10% over the next 5-10 years.

Air India is the largest full-service airline in India for international flights, with a market share of 13% and over 8.1 million passengers in 2023. At Delhi airport, international transit traffic for Air India is already at 10% and could grow to 20% in the next decade.


The total international traffic to and from India in 2023 was 63.9 million passengers, close to pre-COVID levels of 64.1 million in 2019. Indian airlines, including Air India and IndiGo, are expanding to meet growing international demand. Air India plans to work with partners like Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa to expand its reach and offer better connectivity.

Air India, previously government-owned, was acquired by the Tata Group in January 2022. It merged with Vistara, a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, later that year. Air India has also ordered 470 new aircraft, including 70 wide-body planes, to improve long-haul connectivity from Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.

To improve the passenger experience at major Indian airports, Air India suggests innovative solutions to address issues in immigration, baggage handling, and check-in processes.

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