Sunday, July 29, 2018

Small cities, big aviation boom

New Delhi: It’s not the metros, but increasing traffic to and from tier II cities which is driving the booming aviation sector in India. While airports in the country have seen about 17 % of annual growth in air travelers, airports at smaller cities like Surat, Ahmedabad, Ranchi, Patna and Amritsar registered much higher growth. According to Civil Aviation Ministry data, more than 25 cities have clocked a growth of over 20 per cent, while Delhi and Mumbai have only seen 14.5  and 6.5 per cent growth, respectively.

Airports in the country saw 308.75 million passengers in 2017-18, compared to 264.97 million the previous year. While cities like Ranchi and Amritsar have shown dramatic growth of 72  and 64  per cent respectively, Surat in Gujarat has seen a staggering growth of nearly 250 per cent. The total number of air passengers at Ranchi and Amritsar was 1.77 and 1.69 million in 2017-18, compared to 1.01 million in 2016-17.
29/07/18 New Indian Express

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