Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Mumbai airport sees 59% jump in passenger traffic in July

Mumbai: The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in Mumbai registered an increase of 59 per cent in passenger traffic for July over June this year.

“Witnessing growth at an accelerated pace, CSMIA observed a spike in air traffic with passengers travelling during the weekend and registered an increase of approximately 59 per cent in passenger traffic in July 2021 as compared to June 2021,” said the CSMIA in an official statement.

The country's second busiest airport had seen 6.94 lakh passengers, including 6.33 lakh domestic flyers in June, according to the Airports Authority of India website.

The spike in passenger traffic was recorded in the wake of the civil aviation ministry’s decision to allow 65 per cent occupancy in airbuses from July 5. Earlier, the occupancy was capped at 50 per cent due to the Covid-19 situation.

The weekends saw a majority of passengers travelling to Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad among the domestic sectors and Doha, Newark and Dubai among the international sectors from Mumbai.

The airport handled a total of 1.1 million passengers including international travellers and over 11,400 flights in July after various states eased the Covid-related restrictions.

"Of these, around 5 lakh passengers travelled on the weekends alone in the previous month, as compared to 3 lakh passengers on the weekends of June. Also, of the 11,400 flights operated during July, over 4,000 flights were operated during the weekends," said a Mumbai airport official.

"The airport had operated over 2,700 flights during the weekends of the total 8,260 flights in June," he said.

The gradual opening of offices was complemented with an increase in the flight capacity, which has been the other factor for sequential growth, the official said.

11/08/21 Pankaj Upadhyay/India Today

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