Tuesday, December 10, 2019

International flier traffic up 20% at Ahmedabad's SVPI airport

Ahmedabad: Thanks to improved connectivity to international destinations, there has been a significant 20% increase in the number of international passengers departing from and arriving at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in Ahmedabad.
The city airport handled some 14 .07 lakh international passengers from April to October 2019, up 20% against the same period last year when some 11.72 lakh passengers took international flights to and from the SVPI airport, according to data provided by Airports Authority of India (AAI).
Experts attribute this increase to improved connectivity from the city airport. “A number of airlines have added more flights along the existing sectors. Frequent and direct connectivity to various international destinations has contributed to the increase in passenger movement,” said Manoj Gangal, director, SVPI airport.
Growth in international passengers may also be attributed to more international aircraft movements. AAI data on air traffic suggests that the number of international aircraft movements also saw a growth of 14% from 8,144 aircraft movements in 2018 to 9,327 in 2019, during the April to October period. Travel experts attribute this growth to better connectivity and increase in corporate travel.
Tour operators and travel agents said that increase in economic activity has also boosted passenger movement. “Increase in economic activity and foreign companies investing in and around Ahmedabad is one of the major reasons for a spike in international passenger movement. Moreover, there are several countries to which direct flights are now available from Ahmedabad, and that too at a cheaper rate against Mumbai or Delhi. This also leads to an increase in passenger movement. Many foreign nationals are coming to Ahmedabad,” said Manish Sharma, secretary, Travel Agents’ Federation of India (TAFI) – Gujarat.
10/12/19 Niyati Parikh/Times of India
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