Sunday, December 24, 2017

Madurai airport flying high, nets 10L fliers in 10 months

2017 may well end as the year to remember for Madurai international airport, with development happening on various fronts, be it amenities, passenger growth, frequency of flights or the introduction of new routes. But what has excited officials as well as aviation enthusiasts is the airport handling 10 lakh passengers in a calendar year for the first time.
According to the data released by the Airport Authority of India (AAI), Madurai airport had achieved the magical number by October itself. Compared to the 9.69 lakh passengers handled by the airport for the whole of 2016, this is an impressive figure. "In my opinion, the number may easily cross 13 lakh this year," said Madurai airport director VV Rao.
The airport also netted one lakh passengers a month for the first time in April this year and since then the growth trend had been continuing every month . According to the data, only 81.63 lakh passengers were handled up to October last year, as against the 10.33 lakh this year, an increase of about 26.62 per cent. Airport authorities say that to cope with the development, departments like Air Traffic Control and CISF, which provides security, were augmenting their strength. "While there are already 214 CISF personnel available, 24 more people are now available on tour basis. Similarly, ATC has been strengthened on deputation basis until transfers or fresh recruitments are undertaken to increase the strength," said an official.
24/12/17 Times of India