Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Number of incoming flyers up by 36%, outgoing down by 63% at Patna airport

Patna: With the sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in Bihar, the number of flyers to other cities from Patna has dipped by 63% in the last two weeks. But the number of passengers flying to Patna has increased by 36.7%.

As per the data shared by Airports Authority of India-Patna, the city airport had 9,133 footfalls on Monday, of which 6,777 arrived and 2,356 departed to other states. Almost two weeks ago on April 5, 11,762 passengers travelled to and from Patna airport, including 6,451 departures and 5,311 arrivals.

Patna airport also witnessed a slight 12-15% decline in daily passenger footfall, which is around 9,000-10,000, as against 12,000-13,000 about a fortnight ago. The number of flights has also come down to 43 on Monday against 47 a couple of weeks ago.

Occupancy of seats has come down from earlier 90% to less than 45-50% in outgoing flights while incoming flights were almost full. The executives of different airlines claimed that only migrants are returning home amid lockdown and restrictions in different states, while business travelling has hit the bottom.

An IndiGo’s executive at Patna airport told this newspaper that people having some urgent work only were moving out of the city because of which the occupancy in outgoing flights has dropped by 50%. “People are more conscious and travelling only if it is necessary. No business travel and tours have taken place in the last one week. Only migrants who work in other states are returning to Bihar,” he said and added that the airline has temporarily withdrawn three flights owing to decline in passenger footfall.

21/04/21 Faryal Rumi/Times of India

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