Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Kolkata top destination as Bengaluru airport completes 100 days of operation after resumption

The Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru, along with other airports in the country, completed 100 days of successful operations on Tuesday since the resumption of domestic air travel in India. The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) permitted domestic operations from May 25 after two months of Covid-induced lockdown. In 100 days, Bengaluru international airport welcomed 1.4 million domestic passengers with 15,658 air traffic movements (ATM).
As compared to July, there was 39% growth in ATMs and over 47% growth in passenger traffic in August, indicating a positive trend with successive measures to unlock India’s economy, the airport operator Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) said in a press release. With the relaxation of state regulations and addition of capacity by airlines, the numbers are expected to increase in the coming days and months, it added.
Since the resumption of domestic operations, the airport has reconnected with 49 of 58 domestic city pairs, achieving 84% of the pre-Covid network. Kolkata emerged as the top destination with 13% of domestic passengers to and from the Bengaluru airport, while Delhi 11% and Patna 06% were second and third, respectively. Passenger movement was highest towards the Eastern/ North-Eastern regions of India at 33.7%, followed closely by South India at 30.9%, the release said.
01/09/20 Economic Times
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