Saturday, January 23, 2021

A few smaller airports witnessed bigger decline

Mumbai: Mumbai airport witnessed a massive drop in passenger traffic as well as flight movement between April and December 2020. In terms of flight movement, other major airports witnessed a lower dip than Mumbai. While Delhi airport saw a 62% drop, it was 60% in Bangalore and 61% in Hyderabad. But the numbers are improving with flight volumes and passenger traffic on a steady rise.

From the time domestic air travel restarted in May last year after the lockdown, the Central government has allowed airlines to steadily add more flights. Currently, airlines are allowed to operate 80% of their pre-pandemic schedule. In case of Mumbai airport though, the numbers are down due to added restrictions on flight movements imposed by the state government.

The drop in number of flights (domestic and international included) in December 2020 as compared to December 2019 for Mumbai was 44%. In comparison to the nosedive in flight numbers in preceding months —50% in November, 60% in October and 68% in September— things have certainly started looking up.

Similarly, passenger traffic decline for Mumbai in December 2020 as compared to December 2019 was 64%. But, in November, it was much higher at 66 %, for October it was 73 %, and in September it was 81%.

The only airports that saw a higher decline in passenger traffic than Mumbai in December were smaller ones like Port Blair (87%), Hubli (87%), Pondicherry (99%), Agra (94%), Shimla (93%) etc. The only major Indian airports standing neck to neck with Mumbai (83.2%) were Chennai and Trivandrum airports with an 83.1 % decline in passenger traffic. Though the percentage drop was similar for the three airports, Mumbai being the country’s second largest airport witnessed a comparatively heavier drop in passenger volumes.

23/01/21 Times of India

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