Published on : Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Foreign destinations like Dubai, Thailand and Singapore are popular among Indian tourists flying abroad, but in 2019, far-off places like Canada, US, Australia and Turkey also saw strong growth, as per a Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) report.
Air traffic growth on long-haul destinations was robust in spite of major carrier Jet Airways shutting down their operations in April last year.
The outbound leisure traffic to Australia grew by 12.4 per cent during 2019 April-September period. In case of Canada, the growth was 22.2 per cent during April-August of 2019.
“New international services, particularly those launched by Indian carriers, have stimulated significant growth in visitor numbers in overseas markets. In recent months, Indian visitor arrivals to the Maldives and Turkey have seen tremendous growth after deployment of additional capacity,” the report said.
Bhutan, Cambodia, Maldives and the Philippines in Asia-Pacific region came up as hotspots among holidaying Indians.
In West and North Europe, Iceland, Ireland and Scandinavian countries have found new found interest among Indian leisure travellers. People also preferred exploring Argentina, Brazil and Peru in South America.
The Sydney-headquartered aviation advisory said that foreign airlines focus less on selling individual destinations and more on capturing business and VFR (visiting friends and relatives) travel, which represent high volume, low hanging segments that can drive traffic across their networks.