Saturday, October 16, 2021

IGI back on list of busiest airports

New Delhi: Delhi-Mumbai is back as one of the world’s busiest domestic routes and Delhi is again in the list of the busiest airports globally this month, thanks to the recovery in India’s air traffic post the deadly second Covid wave.

UK-based air consultancy firm OAG data shows Delhi-Mumbai as the tenth busiest domestic route globally this month in terms of seat capacity deployed by airlines at 4.8 lakh. OAG data, in terms of seats deployed by airlines on both domestic and international flights, shows Delhi’s IGI Airport as the 10th busiest globally with 28.4 lakh seats this month — up four spots from 14th rank in October 2019.

The recovery, as expected, is in the domestic sector as restrictions on international flights continue. From Monday (October 18) airlines can deploy as many scheduled domestic flights as they did in pre-pandemic times. The three busiest domestic routes this month are: Jeju International-Seoul Gimpo (15.4 lakh), Beijing-Shanghai Hongqiao (7.8 lakh) and Sapporo New Chitose-Tokyo Haneda (over 7 lakh).

No international route to/ from India figures in the list of OAG’s top 10 this month that is led by: Antalya-Moscow Sheremetyevo; Dubai-Riyadh and Dubai-London Heathrow. Delhi-Dubai and Mumbai-Dubai used to be among the busiest routes in not just pre-pandemic but also post-Covid times before the deadly second wave, following which entry restrictions were imposed to travel from the country. The restrictions are gradually being relaxed.

16/10/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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