Monday, July 01, 2019

Bhopal airport sees 70% rise in passenger footfall in one year

Bhopal: Adding yet another feather to its cap, the Raja Bhoj airport has registered a growth of 72.7% in passenger footfall. In May 2019, a total 1.20 lakh passengers travelled from Bhopal airport, the highest ever in its history. Notably, such a surge came after the state capital was connected with more cities since January. In May 2018, the total passenger footfall was 69,619.

Better air connectivity at the Raja Bhoj airport has started delivering results. The airport has registered growth both in passengers as well as aircraft movement. According to the latest data, Bhopal airport has witnessed daily movement of 44 flights, which was only 10 till December 2018. Bhopal is now connected with Delhi, Mumbai, Raipur, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Shirdi, Udaipur, Surat and Pune.
Just six months ago, flights from Bhopal airport were limited to two major cities -- Delhi and Mumbai. Since January 2019, Bhopal has witnessed a big jump in air connectivity. According to the latest data, an annual footfall of 8.1 lakh was registered. Incidentally, Bhopal airport recently witnessed footfall of 2,000 in a single day, the highest ever at the airport.

Speaking to TOI, airport director, Anil Vikram, said such increase in passenger footfall is encouraging. “Whatever efforts were made in the recent past, they have started paying dividends. Such growth has encouraged us. It is also proved that the efforts are in the right direction,” said Vikram.

Vikram said that witnessing 72.7% growth in passenger footfall is a big jump. However, he added, “Still we are far behind from the potential available at the airport. We can handle 2.5 million passengers. It means we have not even achieved half of the potential. However, the best part is that the big leap was registered after air connectivity increased in January,” said the airport director.
01/07/19 Ramendra Singh/Times of India
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