Friday, December 11, 2020

Doon airport registers four-fold increase in footfall since resumption of services in June

Dehradun: Both passenger traffic and the flight movements at the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun have been witnessing a steady increase since the domestic flight operations were resumed in June following months of Covid-19 lockdown.

According to a data released by Airport Authority of India (AAI) on Thursday, there has been a four-fold increase in the passenger footfall as the Doon airport handled as many as 88,517 passengers in November, compared to 17,034 in June, registering a rise of 419% in the passenger traffic.

The AAI data showed a continuous increase in the passenger traffic with July recording 18,298 passengers, 21,682 in August, 33,164 in September, 62,709 in October and 88,517 in November.

DK Gautam, director of the Jolly Grant Airport, told TOI, “We are witnessing continuous increase in passengers’ footfall at the airport. The numbers rose manifold especially in October and November, primarily due to festive seasons.”

Similarly, the flight movements at the Dehradun airport also increased by over 148%. The data showed that 1,115 flight movements were registered in November this year, compared to 913 in October, 660 in September, 491 in August, 412 in July and 448 in June. “The whole team of Jolly Grant Airport is working hard to ensure safe flying experience for the passengers. All safety measures are being taken to minimize the risk of infection,” said Gautam.

11/12/20 Gaurav Talwar/Times of India

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