Monday, March 20, 2023

‘Traffic at 7 Adani airports almost back to pre-Covid levels in Jan-Feb 2023; double that of last year – Usky News

New Delhi: The Adani Group, which manages seven airports including Mumbai, India’s second largest hub, says air traffic has almost climbed to pre-Covid levels in the first two months of this calendar year. The combined passenger numbers in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru were 1.4 crore in these two months. This, Adani Airport Holdings Limited (AAHL), was almost double the numbers of January-February 2022 and “touches pre-pandemic levels”.
“All the seven Adani airports saw a 92% growth in domestic passengers and 133% growth in international passengers. There has been an increase in the number of domestic flights by 58% and international by 61%,” the largest private airport operator currently managing seven airports and building the upcoming Navi Mumbai airport.
“This upward trend is expected to continue, and it is anticipated that the number of visits by people will increase in one year. One of the factors driving this growth is the resumption of tourism after the pandemic.”
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj of Mumbai International Airport (CSMIA) clocked 84.4 lakh passengers movement in January-February 2023 – 62.2 lakh domestic and 22.2 lakh international passengers respectively.
Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPIA) saw over 20 lakh passengers – 17.4 lakh domestic and 2.8 lakh international.
Jaipur is the 11th busiest airport in the country. The Jaipur International Airport (JIAL) registered a significant growth of around 9.5 lakh passengers – only 9 lakh domestic and less than the rest international passengers.
“Lucknow’s Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport (CCSIA) saw movement of over 10 lakh passengers (in this period). (Guwahati) The popular Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport handled over 9 lakh passengers, a sharp increase compared to the same month last year.
“Thiruvananthapuram recorded 299,850 and 299,770 domestic and international footfalls respectively. Mangalore saw an increase of 209,713 national and 84,356 foreign passengers. Both CSMIA and CCSIA handled the highest ever daily passengers during this period – over 1.5 lakh passengers in Mumbai on 25 February and over 18,000 passengers in Lucknow on 31 January.
“This growth was driven by positive sentiments among air travelers and a strong uptick due to the festive holiday season. The operator is well aware of both the challenges and opportunities that come with high passenger volumes, particularly during the holiday season, as these can vary daily or hourly depending on the schedule of flights.


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