Monday, February 07, 2022

Bengaluru Airport third busiest airport, emerges as transfer hub for South India

A Bengaluru International Airport Authority Limited (BIAL) release said Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport) is the third busiest Airport in India. The release on February 7 further said that the BLR airport has emerged as the preferred transfer hub for South India. 

Currently, BLR Airport serves 74 domestic destinations, the highest ever since airport opening date, as compared to 54 routes during pre-Covid and is also the highest amongst South Indian Airports.

These additions have mainly been to non-metro destinations. As a result, flights to non-metro routes have shown a considerable increase from 58 percent (pre-Covid) to 63 percent in Calendar Year (CY) 2021. Moreover, between Q1 and Q4 of 2021, traffic on non-metro routes increased by 27 percent, reinforcing strong demand on these city-pairs.

During the CY 2021, nearly 19 percent of traffic at BLR Airport comprised transfer passengers as against 10 percent pre-Covid. The major airports contributing to high volumes of transfer passengers at BLR Airport were Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad and Goa.

Apart from the increase in non-metro connectivity, the geographical location of Bengaluru and the growing economy of the State of Karnataka has helped in positioning BLR as the major aviation gateway of South and Central India. BLR Airport offers a wide catchment area of 23 cities within a convenient flying time of 75 mins.

This, coupled with growth in non-metro connectivity, has helped in building the transfer traffic market at BLR Airport. The transfer traffic flow has helped in strengthening loads on other domestic and international routes as well. Moreover, with this catchment area serving a population of 256 million people (1/5th of India's population), BLR Airport is leading the growth story of the region.

07/02/22 ZeeNews

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