Friday, November 19, 2021

Passenger footfall, flight numbers take off in Surat

Surat: The Diamond City flyers, after being forced to keep low due to the pandemic, are flying high and importantly, frequently again. In October, the Surat airport witnessed a footfall of 87,008 passengers compared to just 1,616 recorded in May 2020.

With the increase in number of passengers, the flight traffic at Surat airport too is getting busier by the day. Just a week back, Go First’s inaugural flight on the Delhi-Surat route got the traditional water cannon salute at the Surat airport.

After the Covid enforced lull, the start of the year saw flight activities picking up in Surat. In February 2021, Surat airport saw a footfall of 96,949 passengers, while last month it was 87,008. With no major disruption in sight, experts feel that the passenger numbers are likely to go as high as 1.5 lakh this month.

Working for better connectivity, increased flights and better amenities for passengers is a group that goes by the name of ‘we work for working airport at surat’. The group has a big presence on social media with its Facebook page boasting of close to 92,000 members.

The group has regular interactions not only with the officials of the Surat airport but also that of different airlines. Sanjay Jain, a businessman dealing in construction material, is an active member of the group.

19/21/21 Times of India

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