Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Bengaluru Set To Beat Mumbai To Be India’s 2nd Busiest Airport, Pune Down To 10th Spot

Mumbai: Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport has dropped from second to third place among India’s busiest airports in the first ten months of FY 21. The city saw a significant drop in passengers in FY21 during the pandemic as Maharashtra continues to reel under the coronavirus. And with the second wave of Covid gripping the state, Mumbai is all set to end at the third spot in air passenger volume in 2020-2021. Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), which took over Mumbai in 2009, continues to be India’s busiest airport, while Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is all set to emerge as the second busiest airport in the country. 

According to data provided by the Airports Authority of India, Mumbai lost almost 3.2 crores passengers in the pandemic year, followed by Bengaluru with 2 crores fewer flyers. Last year as well, KIA had beaten Mumbai by recording 4,54,704 international and domestic passengers from April to June 2020. However, in the same period, Delhi’s IGIA had the maximum patronage with total of 12,31,338 flyers. 

In 2020, following the COVID-19 outbreak, international passenger traffic at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport had witnessed a sharp decline of up to 70 per cent. The AAI-GVK group-run Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport handles 950-980 arrivals and departures per day with around 200-250 of them international.

It may be mentioned here that the government last year in March had announced a complete ban on international commercial flights to and from India as part of a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.

23/03/21 India.com

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