Sunday, July 26, 2020

Airport earnings dip to nearly 10% of average before pandemic

Nagpur: Covid has brought down the income of Nagpur airport to nearly 10% of the daily average it clocked before the pandemic struck.
Sources in Mihan India Limited (MIL), the state government agency which is managing the operations, said these days the arrivals and departures clubbed are at 900 persons in a day. In the normal times it used to be around 3,000 on an average.
As against 36 flights earlier, it has come down to eight flights connecting to only three stations, said the sources.

Currently, Nagpur has air connectivity to Delhi, Mumbai and Pune. Earlier, there were flights to Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad also apart from two international flights to Doha in Qatar and Sharjah in UAE, said the source.

”Even as the exact calculations need to be made, the earnings have easily dipped to 9% to 10% of the earlier levels,” said a senior official in MIL.

Domestic flights had resumed at the Nagpur airport from May 25. There were flights connecting to Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Goa too, which have been eventually withdrawn due to lack of enough load.

26/07/20 Shishir Arya/Times of India
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