Friday, October 12, 2018

In passenger traffic, bad landing for Mumbai airport

Mumbai: Delhi and Mumbai are India’s top two airports in terms of passenger traffic, but their growth trajectories could not have been more different.
While Delhi airport jumped from 22nd to 16th rank in the Airport Council International (ACI) 2017 list of world's busiest airports in terms of passenger traffic, Mumbai airport was nowhere close. Mumbai held 29th rank in 2016 and 2017, ACI told TOI.
ACI had published the list of airports that made it to the top 20. While Mumbai had a passenger traffic growth of 5.6 % (in 2017 versus 2016), Delhi registered a 14.1 % growth, the highest rate in the top 20 global list. For Mumbai, which less than a decade ago was India’s busiest airport, the journey into oblivion as far as global rankings are concerned, has only begun.
“The difference in global ranking secured by India’s top two airports is set to widen. India is poised to be the third largest aviation market by 2026, and Airports Authority of India (AAI) data shows that almost all Indian airports have been witnessing strong passenger traffic growth since three years, except Mumbai, where single-runway operations have limited the flights that can be added,’’ said a top AAI official.
12/10/18 Manju V/Times of India