Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Passenger traffic at Mysuru airport goes up

Mysuru: Riding on resumption of business and tourism activities, Mysuru airport is witnessing an increase in air passenger traffic — over 13,000 passengers have flown from here to seven major destinations in south India in February.

Hyderabad tops in passenger traffic volume followed by Chennai. Tourism stakeholders, though disappointed for not getting any financial grant in the state budget for the airport expansion, are expecting further rise in traffic owing to elections and IPL matches.

Airport Authorities of India (Mysuru) director R Manjunath attributed the rise in passenger traffic to their assurance on safe travel post-Unlock. “Through ads, we had told passengers that adequate measures have been taken to keep the infection at bay in airport and on flights, and this clicked. Though the passenger volume has no reached pre-Covid levels, the rate of recovery has been tremendous. There has been an upward trend in the last three months. The rise in Covid cases in Maharashtra and Kerala has impacted a bit. Though there is no flight service to Maharashtra, there is an impact on passenger traffic here,” he explained.

Compared to January, the number of passengers travelling to and from Mysuru airport in February has dropped slightly, and this is due to spike in cases in the neighbouring states, the director said, and added: “The upward trend in the the first nine days of March has continued, and we are hopeful of an upsurge in passenger traffic by March-end.”

10/03/21 Lawrence Milton/Times of India

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