Monday, May 01, 2017

Airport passenger traffic grows 20% in one year

Passenger traffic from the newly built city airport grew 20% in 2016-17 over the previous year. Around 18.35 lakh flyers used the facility despite its infrastructural short comings. In 2015-16, 15.33 lakh travellers used the airport.
"Ours can become the most profitable and fastest growing airport in the country," Suneel Dutt, chief executive officer, Chandigarh International Airport Ltd, said.
The spike in passengers came despite time restrictions imposed by the IAF. Civilian aircraft can't operate from Chandigarh airport after 8 pm. Also, the airport had to close down operations for brief periods because of routine runway maintenance.
The 20% rise in passenger traffic is encouraging, aviation industry experts say. As of now, more than 50 flights touch down in Chandigarh every day, connecting Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Pune, Leh, Jammu and Srinagar.
The airport has capacity for more flights. Two services to Dubai and Sharjah operate from the international airport that started operations from October 2015.
01/05/17 Ajay Sura/The Times Of India