Monday, December 04, 2017

International passenger traffic goes up in Tiruchi airport

Tiruchi: International passenger traffic and overseas flight movements is on an upswing at the Tiruchi airport in the current fiscal as per the statistics provided by the airport authorities.

Between April to September this year, the airport handled over 6.95 lakh passengers – both arrival and departure put together.

This is nearly 1.11 lakh more than in the previous year during the corresponding period.

The airport has more overseas flight operations than domestic services. The number of international flight movements from Tiruchi is around 800 a month. This is poised to increase with the introduction of a new service in the Tiruchi - Bangkok - Tiruchi sector four times a week by Thai AirAsia.

Passenger movement to Kuala Lumpur is more when compared to other overseas destinations as seven flights are being operated every day to the South East Asian destination by Air Asia and Malindo Air.

Flights to Kuala Lumpur have had a very good patronage. This is the peak season wherein incoming and outgoing movement is full in the Tiruchi – Kuala Lumpur – Tiruchi sector.

Fly-through passenger percentage is more in the Air Asia flights being operated in the morning and late night hours from Tiruchi.

These passengers travel to Australia, Manila, Bali, Jakarta, Taiwan and Singapore as they have an immediate connection from Kuala Lumpur upon arrival.
04/12/17 R Rajaram/The Hindu