Saturday, August 28, 2021

Passenger footfalls at city airport surge

Ahmedabad: Reflecting a clear revival in travel, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport reported a 48% surge in passenger movement in July 2021 versus June. According to data by Airports Authority of India (AAI), 3.45 lakh passengers travelled from the city airport in July 2021 – up 48.2% against 2.33 lakh passengers in June 2021.

With new flights launched and existing ones operating on schedule, even the aircraft movement for both domestic and international flights saw a surge. During the same period, aircraft movement grew from 2,378 flights in June to 3,264 flights in July.

Travel and hospitality industry sources attribute the surge not just to the consumer confidence growing back but a gradually improving sentiment for both corporate travel as well as leisure.

In fact, with greater passenger movement, hoteliers across Ahmedabad are getting a major cushion with increased occupancy. “Not just leisure travel but even corporate movement has seen a surge. Company delegates who need to travel for on-site requirements are now arriving into the city in greater numbers taking our occupancy levels at par with the pre-pandemic times ,” said Jay Sudhakaran, general manager, Novotel Ahmedabad.

28/08/21 Times of India

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