Sunday, January 30, 2022

Mangaluru airport sees 70% growth in domestic passenger traffic

Mangaluru: In an encouraging development, the Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) has recorded 70% growth in domestic passengers for the calendar year (CY) 2021, compared to 2020.

As per the data available, in 2020, MIA welcomed 5,40,928 passengers, which rose to 7,72,555 in 2021, a whopping growth of 70%. With this growth, MIA, the second busiest in the state after Kempegowda International Airport, has been able to get back to traffic levels as it was before the pandemic.

“The growth would have been more positive if not for the pandemic, which almost grounded the aviation sector in the last two years. The growth at MIA, in terms of domestic passengers or flights has been tremendous. It will bounce back further, once Covid-19 is over,” said a senior official of a leading aircraft carrier, who added that domestic passenger traffic will shoot up again in a few days. “A lot of air travellers who couldn’t travel in 2020 due to travel restrictions, started to fly to various tourist destinations in 2021. There was revenge tourism, and as a result, there is an upward growth in the domestic industry. The growth is likely to continue in the coming days,” the official expressed.

Currently, four airlines operate domestically, and connect to various cities of India. Among them, Indigo tops the list, with the highest domestic flights operations. “After the second wave of the pandemic, the domestic flights at MIA started to pick up, starting from August. In October, MIA saw 781 domestic flights operations, which increased to 798 in November, and jumped to 953 in December. This is a sign that there is a robust growth of the domestic airline market,” said an executive.

30/01/22 Kevin Mendonsa/Times of India

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