Before the presentation of ForwardKeys‘Insights Vice President, Olivier Ponti at ITB India, here is a summary of the main trends in air travel to and from India.

India continues to have the largest share of inbound travelers in the APAC region, with 24.4% of total arrivals in the first quarter as of March 11. That’s not a bad result considering airline ticketing data from ForwardKeys which shows that international arrivals to Asia-Pacific in the first quarter were down 86%.

However, in terms of recovery, India as a destination registers -59% performance compared to 2019. The best performing APAC region for registered arrivals is Pakistan, with an increase of 0.2 % compared to the same period in 2019. The Maldives and Bangladesh also show strong signs of resilience.

Inbound and outbound travel to India resumes

After the discovery of the Omicron variant, tickets for arrivals and departures in India have plummeted, however, arrivals have slowly recovered back to pre-omicron levels and departures are not far behind, with figures for the week starting March 3 at -19% and -58% vs 2019 for arrivals and departures.

Latest travel data reveals top international source markets to India are Australia (+15% from 2019 levels), USA (+10%) and Ireland (+4%) ).

Consumer interest and demand for India is growing

In terms of travel intent, ForwardKeys analysts have seen a shift, with shares of flight searches increasing by 6% from the Americas and Europe from January to February 2022. In fact, the Americas hold the highest number of intentions to fly to India with 42% in February!

This corresponds to the easing of travel restrictions from certain “Category A” countries such as the United States, Canada and EU member states on February 14. governments during this pandemic,” says Olivier Ponti.

Insights VP Olivier Ponti will be presenting at ITB India (virtual) April 5-7. Register to attend: