Saturday, July 17, 2021

Air passenger traffic at Tirupati airport picks up

Tirupati: The passenger traffic has been gradually increasing at Tirupati airport for the past few days with the significant drop in Covid cases. At least, 16 flight movements could be seen per day which have been experiencing about 30 per cent increased occupancy rate. Compared to the corresponding period last year there was a significant improvement this year as there were no restrictions on flight movements during the partial curfew period too.

According to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) traffic data, the number of passengers has gone up steadily from a mere 916 in May 2020 to 22,322 in September and further to 58,029 by January 2021. It reached a peak of 65,110 in March 2021 with 855 flight movements. However, due to the Covid second wave, it has witnessed a steep fall in the next two months to register 37,634 passengers in April and 6,698 in May.

Accordingly, the number of flight movements have declined from 855 in March to 702 in April and to 228 in May. Both the number of passengers and flight movements have witnessed slight increase in June as the Covid cases started receding and continuing the momentum now. In June a total of 138 flights were operated with 276 movements while 17041 passengers travelled through the airport.

17/07/21 V Pradeep Kumar/Hans India

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