Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Madurai airport records 16% growth in foreign passengers, 3% domestic

Madurai: The Madurai airport has clocked an increased passenger traffic for the financial year 2018-19, when compared to its previous financial year. While the increase is from the foreign passenger segment, a similar jump was not witnessed in the domestic segment.

The airport has handled 15,32,071 passengers in 2018-19, a healthy increase of 6.1% from the previous year. Of that, 11,78,738 were domestic passengers and 3,53,333 international. Percentage wise, international passenger segment grew by 16.29% whereas domestic segment grew by just 3.33%.

In 2017-18, there was a steep increase in the domestic passenger segment as the growth was 63.17% compared to its previous year. The increase in international passenger segment witnessed a growth of 13.13% during that financial year.

There are multiple reasons behind lesser growth in the domestic passengers sector in 2018-19 including grounding of flights by Jet Airways, increased flight ticket rates and absence of round-the-clock operations. Although the airport has grown busier over the years, 24-hours operation is still eluding it. Aviation enthusiasts say that for an airport that has already crossed the 15 lakh passengers a year mark, round-the-clock operation is pertinent for further growth.
17/04/19 Times of India

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