Thursday, January 14, 2021

Dabolim airport sees exponential jump in passenger movement

Panaji: Goa International Airport continues to remain busy with as many as 140 flights landing over the weekend and with 19,862 passengers flying in and out of the state’s lone airport. In the month of December, the Airports Authority of India handled 3,492 flights and catered to around 4.7 lakh passengers at Dabolim airport.

Passenger footfalls and flight movements at Goa International Airport picked up sharply from October, with the number of flights jumping from 752 in August to 1,578 in October.

Resumption of Goa’s tourism sector, which coincided with the gradual decline in fresh Covid-19 cases, has shored up passenger footfalls. With casinos being permitted to open up from November 1 and as domestic airlines added more flights, passenger movement continues to improve, said AAI officials.

On January 10, Goa International Airport handled 70 arrivals and 70 departures, but the number of passengers leaving the state was higher. According to official data, 8,224 passengers arrived and 11,638 passengers left the state on Sunday. During the peak tourist season, particularly around New Year’s Eve, the number of arrivals outnumbered the number of passengers leaving the state, said AAI officials.

14/01/21 Times of India

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