Saturday, October 03, 2020

Surat airport passenger traffic jumps 138% in Sept

Surat: The Surat airport is soaring high post-lockdown. For the first time, the passenger traffic from the airport witnessed a jump of 138% in September compared to the previous August month with about 45,000 passengers travelling to various destinations across the country.

According to the figures released by Airports Authority of India (AAI), 45,000 passengers travelled from Surat Airport in September compared to 18,792 in August. This is the highest ever jump in the passenger traffic after the domestic flight operations resumed from May 25.

Official sources said the average passenger footfall at the airport has touched 1,500 per day in September and it is likely to increase to 2,000 per day in October. From just two flights in June, the airport is catered with about 24 flights—arrival and departure—to various destinations including Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, Goa etc.

A senior AAI officer said, “We are hoping the passenger traffic to cross 55,000 in October with the Diwali season approaching and the marriage season starting immediately after the festival. Starting from October 25, there will be daily direct flights between Surat, Hyderabad and Kolkata being operated by Indigo.”

03/10/20 Times of India

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