Over 23 lakh air passengers travelled from Jan to Nov

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Dec 2018 10:51:55


By Ravi Chandpurkar,

20,61,350 passengers travelled from Jan to Dec 2017 at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur

There seems to be an explosion in air passenger traffic from Nagpur. More and more people are preferring air travel in order to cover long distances at shortest period of time compared to other modes of transport. This is evident as the number of air passengers coming to and fro has shot up at the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport.

The number of air passengers has grown to 23,87,570 for the period January 2018 to November 2018 compared to 20,61,350 full year from January to December 2017. This was disclosed by a senior airport official on the condition of anonymity while speaking to The Hitavada on Tuesday.

Looking at the huge potential and surge in air passenger traffic, a few airlines which are operating from the airport have increased the number of flights on existing routes and opened up new routes across the country recently. Nagpur airport handles two international flights to Sharjah and Doha in Middle East which is adding fuel to the rise in air passenger traffic.

Sources said that the air passenger traffic increased to 2,38,020 in November 2018 as compared to 1,81,990 in November 2017. In order to meet future growth in air passenger traffic The Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC) has chalked out ambitious expansion and development plans for the airport. For this a tender has already been floated. The highest revenue sharing bidder has been selected. The final approval to the expansion plans will be finalised.