Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Daily flight count in northeast surpasses century-mark, at three-month high

Guwahati: Flight count at the airports across the northeast finally crossed the century mark with 102 aircraft carrying 11,213 passengers flying in and out on September 10, the highest the region has seen in the last three months.

Although it is only 50% of the usual count the airports clocked before the pandemic sent the aviation industry into a tailspin, airliners feel normalcy is slowly returning to the region. “It is a motivating figure for aviation in the northeast. Initially, on 10th July, only 86 flights were operating in the northeastern region which carried 5,625 passengers. Similarly, on 10th August, 92 flights moved 7,024 passengers at northeast airports. A month later, the figures crossed the hundred mark and on 10th September, 102 flights catered to 11,213 passenger movements in the northeastern states,” a statement issued by the Airports Authority of India on Monday comparing the growth in flights and passengers in the last three months read.

The airports that were mainly operational during this period included Guwahati, Agartala, Imphal, Dibrugarh, Silchar, Dimapur, Jorhat, Tezpur and Lilabari. All these clocked almost-regular flight movements since operations resumed. The airlines, however, have been operating at about 50% strength due to restrictions on the number of flights as laid down by the civil aviation ministry. However, most flights going to prime destinations like Guwahati and Agartala are almost running full, civil aviation sources said.

JT Radhakrishna, regional executive director (officiating) at AAI, North East Region, informed that Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati, which is considered to be the gateway to the northeast, catered to maximum number passengers and flight movements. “On July 10, Guwahati airport handled 2,812 passengers while on the same date in August, it served 4,060 passengers. On September 10, this number grew to 5,924,” he added.
15/09/20 Kangkan Kalita/Times of India
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