Domestic airline e-ticketing ratios zoom upwards

New Delhi: Keeping in mind the fast approaching International Air Transport Association (IATA) deadline to move to e-tickets by March 31, 2008, the domestic aviation industry has moved quickly to boost compliance, from a low of 65% in the early part of this year, to a high of 82.5%, as of last month.

According to data gleaned from airline ticket-booking platforms, the number of e-tickets sold by Indian and international carriers for their flights from India in 2006 were five million. This figure has already touched 13 million in the first nine months of 2007.

The IATA deadline was extended because e-ticketing penetration in the Asia-Pacific region was only 76.8%, not comparing favourably with the global average of 84%, as of July.

Merged domestic carriers, Air India and Indian, now part of the National Aviation Company of India, JetLite and Jet Airways are already IATA members, while Kingfisher has an application for membership pending.

It is estimated that implementing 100% e-ticketing will help the global aviation industry save $3 billion annually. While a paper ticket costs $7-8 for an international transaction, a domestic one costs $3-4.