Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Passengers push take-off for airline services in UP

Lucknow: After the initial turbulence amid the Covid-19 pandemic, airline services in Uttar Pradesh appear to be taking off following a push by people’s confidence in air travel.
According to exclusive data accessed by TOI, Airport Authority of India recorded a rise in number of passengers and flights with each passing month at three major airports of Uttar Pradesh. For instance, during the lockdown in April, only 18 (non-scheduled) flights operated at Lucknow’s Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport (CCSIA) registering a footfall of 12. But gradually, after the lockdown was revoked from May 25, the footfall of passengers in July rose to 84,288 for the domestic sector as 942 flights took off or landed at the airport.
Similarly 40,810 passengers took 230 international flights in July from Amausi Airport. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, in March Amausi registered 70,763 passengers who took 423 flights. In the domestic sector, 4,03,708 passengers took 2,902 flights in March.

Amausi Airport director A K Sharma said, “With the increase in number of daily flights after the revival of destinations such as Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata and dozens of international destinations with majority of middle-east countries, we recorded rise in number of passengers.”

According to Nitin Kadiyan, assistant general manager (operations) Lucknow airport, “Observing the rise of confidence of passengers in air travel, this month (August) we got at least five more destinations approved, such as Dehradun, Chandigarh, Raipur, Jaipur and Bhopal. Dehradun flight started operating since last Thursday, while on Tuesday (August 25), two flights operated for Chandigarh and Raipur.”
26/08/20 Arvind Chauhan/Times of India
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