Sunday, November 26, 2017

Hyderabad airport growth soars, overtakes Mumbai, Delhi

Hyderabad: Nine years after it made a 'landing' in the city, Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) has whizzed to the top of the growth chart, leaving all major airports, including Mumbai and Delhi (those built on PPP model), lagging behind. At least that's what records of this fiscal — the first half spanning April to September — suggest.
The facility in Shamshabad clocked a massive 18% growth during that period in comparison to the corresponding period last year. Better still, in October 2017 the airport saw passenger footfall of over 1.5 million — the highest monthly traffic since its inception in 2008. Of the total, domestic passengers comprised over 1.2 million, while the international traffic count hovered around 0.3 million. The reasons being festive rush coupled with increased connectivity. "The marriage season that has coincided with a host of corporate events in the city is pulling massive crowds.
During December to January, the arrival figures are expected to be high as well with NRIs from the US, travelling on their winter break," said Abdul Majid Faheem, chairman, Travel Agents Federation of India (Telangana and AP chapters). This steady growth in footfall was recently mapped in a survey conducted by CAPA - Centre for Aviation as well. While reiterating how passenger movement through the GMR-run international facility has increased, it indicated that the airport will need an expansion, "to 55 million capacity", as it is headed towards a point of saturation over the next decade. It also suggested a "second airport" to tackle the growth.
26/11/17 Sudipta Sengupta/Times of India