Friday, October 23, 2020

Passengers’ number at airport dropped four times during pandemic

Ludhiana: The Covid-19 pandemic has badly affected the Sahnewal Airport. An internal document of Airport Authority of India (AAI) suggests that aircraft movement has decreased by around three times and passenger footfall by around four times. The situation is likely to improve only after the pandemic.

As per the document on Covid-19 impact, in April there was a 100% drop in aircraft movement as compared with the same month last year when 506 aircrafts’ traffic was observed. Similarly, passenger footfall also saw a fall of 100% in the month as compared with last April when it was 58,866.

In May, there was some improvement as 34 aircrafts flew, while in the month last year the number was 712, suggesting a drop of 95.22%. And the passenger footfall dropped by 97.89% as in May 2019 it was 89,287 as compared with 1,878 in the month this year.

The document said aircraft movement percentage drop remained at 82.22% and 74.70% in June and July this year, respectively, as compared with the corresponding period last year. The passenger footfall decreased by 88.13% and 78.85% in June and July, respectively.

Aircraft movement percentage dropped to 77.40% and 63.31% and passenger footfall to 78.17% and 74.96% in August and September this year, respectively, as compared with the same months last year.

23/10/20 Shariq Majeed/Times of India

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