Jet fuel demand touching the sky!
India: The country's demand for jet fuel has touched record highs this year, thanks to the push to connect more cities via airports as an expanding middle class increasingly takes on to skies as their favoured travelling option. Years of breakneck economic expansion have helped India become the world's fastest growing major domestic aviation market, according to the International Air Transport Association. That has been underpinned by ambitious government plans to overhaul the nation's infrastructure, including a push to build airports and offer airlines incentives to fly to smaller cities. Further adding to the fact is the domestic tourism that is attracting and encouraging the travelers with amusing packages.

Under a flagship government scheme, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is set to invest 175 billion rupees ($2.7 billion) in upgrading airport infrastructure over 2019-20.

Average monthly demand for jet fuel could break through 700,000 tonnes this year, up from 2017's record 623,000 tonnes and from 566,000 tonnes in 2016, several industry analysts estimated. That would be an annual growth rate of around 12 percent, comparable to what China achieved during its main boom years in the early 2000s. India used 2.02 million tonnes of aviation fuel from January-March this year, up 9.4 percent from a year earlier, the latest government data showed. FGE forecasts a 10.5-percent year-on-year increase in Indian demand for jet fuel in 2018, while energy consultancy Trifecta expects growth of 12-15 percent.