Sunday, June 18, 2017

Few international flights from Chennai airport

Chennai: Chennai airport ranks third in terms of total number of international passengers handled when compared to other metro airports, but direct flights to international destinations from the airport has not gone up.
Capacity constraints prevent the airport from allowing more flights at night. Bengaluru has direct flights to San Francisco, Frankfurt, Paris and Mauritius in addition to the short haul flights to South East Asian destinations and the Middle East, while Chennai has direct flights only to Frankfurt and London besides flights to Dubai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. The connections to Europe are very less though demand is high. This has reflected in tourist arrivals as well. The airport's share in the total foreign tourist arrivals has dipped by 1.3% in May 2017 compared to May last year.
Statistics compiled by ministry of tourism using data from bureau of immigration show that of the total tourists who visited India, 7.75% of the travellers used Chennai as a gateway in May 2017 while the airport's share was 9.03% of the total arrivals in the corresponding period last year.
18/06/17 Times of India