Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Passenger movement up by 55% at Madurai airport

Madurai: Showing a clear sign of limping back to normal, the passenger movement at Madurai airport has gone up by 55% in August than its previous month. Going by the date of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), the number of flights has increased from 223 in June to 582 flights in July and 654 in August, a steady escalation of 193%.
Officials said that it will take one more month for the situation to return to normal as international flight movement is banned till the end of September. Although the number of flight operations and passenger movement cannot be compared with the pre-Covid times, the increasing passenger movement after the lockdown relaxation is certainly encouraging, say airport authorities.
Madurai airport used to handle more than 1.2 lakh passengers in a month, four times higher than the numbers handled in August this year. At present, only nine domestic daily flights are operating services, while it was 27 flights earlier. The flights are being operated to Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, two to Hyderabad and four to Chennai.
Madurai airport director S Senthil Valavan said that he is happy with the way the number of passenger movement is increasing. Except for 12-15 repatriation flights a month, others are domestic flights.
15/09/20 V Devanathan/Times of India
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