Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Inbound passengers traffic at Pune airport trumps departure

Pune: The inbound passenger traffic at the Lohegaon airport has clocked an increase of around 123% in September when compared to June, the statistics provided by the Airports Authority of India stated.

The Maharashtra government had allowed the resumption of domestic flight services in a staggered manner in the last week of May. In June, the number of outbound travellers had trumped the arrivals by 26,557 passengers. In September, the inbound passengers gained a lead on the departures by 18,509, the data revealed.

The number of arrivals had remained subdued between May-end and July, when compared to the outbound passengers. The trend showed a marked shift in the months of August and September, with a rise of 15% and 21% in the inbound travellers as against the departures, respectively.

An airport official said the passenger traffic graph at the facility had been going up since domestic flights resumed operations on May 25. “On October 2, the Pune airport recorded the highest passenger traffic, counting both arrivals and departures, since May 25,” the official said.

“The increase in passenger traffic is primarily because of the significant increase in the number of flights being operated. The state government's Mission Begin Again is easing restrictions and opening economy, resulting in increased activity in sectors like infrastructure, construction, industrial and manufacturing units and transport. The opening up has led to increase in the movement, with the substantial migrant force now returning to work,” aviation analyst and expert Dhairyashil Vandekar said.

06/10/20 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

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