Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Airport sees rise in cargo and passenger movement

Panaji: The Diwali tourist rush helped propel footfalls at Goa International Airport with the number of flights and air freight showing an increase. From the 70 flights that operated out of Goa as on October 30, the number of flights has jumped to 86 flights in a single day, a fortnight later.

Air freight movement also continued to move towards normalcy, with the Airports Authority of India’s AAI Cargo Logistics and Allied Services (AAICLAS) handling 409 tonne of cargo in October as against 15 tonne in May and 337 tonne in September.

“AAI’s staff feels motivated seeing the huge spike in passenger footfall. Last month 1.7 lakh passengers flew from the airport. We are marching towards normalcy,” said Goa Airport director Gagan Malik.

AAI also said that the airport is becoming a noteworthy cargo hub. AAICLAS team works around the clock and is therefore handling rising shipments of air cargo. In May, the airport handled 15 tonne cargo while last month 409 tonne cargo was handled.

In October, data shows that Goa’s lone airport handled 1,578 flights. While on October 30, the airport handled 35 arrivals and 35 departures, the flights have increased to 43 arrivals and 43 departures as on November 15.

17/11/20 Times of India

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