Saturday, November 21, 2020

Madurai airport sees 61% pre-Covid passenger traffic

Madurai: As many as 65,161 passengers used the Madurai airport in October, which is around 61% of the total number of domestic passengers handled by the airport in pre-Covid-19 times.

Madurai airport used to handle around 1.2 lakh passengers, including one lakh domestic travellers in a month before the pandemic broke out.

Ever since the airport was reopened on May 25 for domestic operations after two months of closure, the number of people using the airport has been increasing steadily. Flight movement is also getting busier to cater to the demand.

According to data available with the airport authorities, there is an increase of 35% in passenger movement in October compared to its previous month. Similarly, there is an increase of 28% flight movement.

Officials said that 26 flights, including 13 arrivals and 13 departures connecting destinations like Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi and Mumbai, are being handled on an average in a day at present. They are witnessing increased seat occupancy, especially in departing flights.

21/11/20 V Devanathan/Times of India

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