Airlines and airports in India are expected to rapidly ramp up their spend on new technology over the next three years to keep up with surging growth which will see passenger traffic double to 370 million by 2020.

According to SITA 2016 India IT trends benchmark study released at the India ICT Aviation forum 2016 on Friday, all airlines in India are expected to see IT budgets increase in 2017 compared with last year. SITA is a global communications and IT solutions provider.

Maneesh Jaikrishna, SITA vice president, India and Sub Continent, said 98 per cent of Indian passengers carry at least one mobile device. Over the next three years, 80 per cent of airlines and 67 per cent of airports plan major projects developing mobile services for passengers.