Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Surat airport traffic likely to cross 1.5 million in 2019-20

Surat: Surat airport has made impressive growth in passenger traffic to domestic and international destinations this year.
For the first time, passenger traffic, which stood at 10 lakhs till November 2019, is likely to cross 15 lakh figure in 2019-20.
According to figures published by Airports Authority of India (AAI), Surat airport has achieved exponential growth in terms of passenger traffic. In November, passenger traffic was 1.44 lakh and stood at 10 lakh between April-November 2019 thanks to increase in number of flights in the last 18 months. At present, Surat airport is served by about 20 flights to various domestic destinations, including international, by SpiceJet, Air India, Air India Express, IndiGo and Ventura Airconnect.
Sources said Air India has announced commencement of a direct flight between Surat and Bhubaneshwar from January 20. The flights will be available every Sunday and Friday from Surat and on every Monday and Thursday from Bhubaneshwar.
The growth story of Surat airport started after a few industrialists from the textile industry offered bank guarantee of Rs3 crore to Air India for operating an Airbus between Surat and New Delhi. CR Paatil, BJP MP, lobbied with the loss-making national carrier, which was under immense political pressure to upgrade operations from the Diamond City.
31/12/19 Times of India

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