Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Mumbai airport worst affected by Covid, lost 81% flyers in 10 months

Mumbai: The Mumbai airport registered the highest percentage loss in passenger traffic in India owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and its attendant restrictions, but the Delhi airport lost the most when it came to sheer passenger volumes.

Between April 2020 and January 2021, the Delhi airport handled 1.5 crore passengers, while in the corresponding period the year before, it saw 5.7 crore passengers. The second biggest loser was Mumbai with 3.2 crore fewer passengers in the pandemic year, followed by Bengaluru with 2 crore fewer passengers, according to data provided by the Airports Authority of India.

It was this week, a year ago, that Indian airports shut down to airline passenger flights as part of the nationwide lockdown. International flights were suspended on March 23 and domestic services on March 25. Domestic flights resumed, with restrictions, on May 25 and passenger load has been on a steady rise since then.

A comparison of passenger traffic registered at major Indian airports from April to January in 2020-2021 and 2019-2020 showed that the Mumbai airport had the highest percentage fall in passenger traffic of 80.6%, followed by Chennai at 80.4%, Bengaluru at 68%, Delhi at 67.6%, Kolkata at 67% and Hyderabad at 64%.

But the passenger volumes list was led by the busiest airport in India, Delhi, with 1.32 crore fewer international passengers and 2.85 crore fewer domestic passengers. The second largest loser, Mumbai had about 1 crore fewer international passengers and 2.2 crore fewer domestic passengers. When it comes to volume of flights, Delhi airport had 2.2 lakh fewer flights, followed by Mumbai (1.7 lakh) and Bengaluru (over 1 lakh).

23/03/21 Manju V/Times of India

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