Sunday, July 29, 2018

Kadapa airport sees steep rise in passenger traffic

Kadapa: The passenger traffic has increased at the Kadapa airport, thanks to the affordable airfare and connectivity to major cities. As a result, the airport authorities have set a target of attracting one lakh air passengers by March 31, 2019. Currently, six air services are being run and another flight would be operated from Kadapa to Bengaluru soon. The occupancy ratio has reached 90 per cent, encouraging the air operators to run more flights from Kadapa airport.

The UDAN Scheme, introduced by the Centre aims at providing air connectivity to all towns, helped increase passenger traffic at the Kadapa airport. Earlier, Vayudoot flights were run between Hyderabad and Kadapa from 1985 to 1989. However, the air services were stopped due to lack of passenger traffic. The then CM YS Rajasekhar Reddy developed Kadapa airport to promote industrial growth in the region. In 2007, the AP government signed a MoU with the Airport Authority of India to develop Kadapa airport at a cost of `60 crore.
29/07/18 New Indian Express