‘Traffic almost back to pre-Covid levels at 7 Adani airports in Jan-Feb 2023; double from this period last year’


NEW DELHI: The Adani Group, which manages seven airports including India’s second biggest hub Mumbai, says air traffic has almost climbed back to pre-Covid levels in the first two months of this calendar year. The combined passenger numbers at Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru was 1.4 crore in these two months. This, Adani Airport Holdings Ltd (AAHL), was almost double the number in January-February 2022 and “touches pre-pandemic levels”
“All the seven Adani airports saw an increase of 92% in domestic and 133% in international travellers. There has been a rise in the number of domestic 58% and international 61% flights,” the biggest private airport operator, in terms of currently managing seven airports and building the upcoming Navi Mumbai Airport, said.
“This upward trend is expected to continue, and it is anticipated that the number of trips people will take in a year will increase. One of the factors driving this growth is the restart of tourism after the pandemic,” it added.
Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) saw 84.4 lakh passengers movement in January-February 2023 — 62.2 lakh domestic and 22.2 lakh international passengers, respectively.
Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPIA) saw over 20 lakh passengers — 17.4 lakh domestic and 2.8 lakh international.
“Jaipur is the 11th busiest airport in the country. Jaipur International Airport (JIAL) recorded significant growth (at) nearly 9.5 lakh passengers — just under 9 lakh domestic and remaining International,” AAHL said in a statement.
“Lucknow’s Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport (CCSIA) saw over 10 lakh passenger movements (in this period). (Guwahati’s) Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport saw over 9 lakh passengers, witnessing a sharp increase from the corresponding months last year.”
“Thiruvananthapuram recorded 299,850 and 299,770 domestic and international footfalls, respectively. Mangalore saw an increased traffic of 209,713 national and 84,356 foreign travellers,” it added. Both CSMIA and CCSIA handled highest ever daily passengers in this period — Mumbai at over 1.5 lakh on February 25, and Lucknow at over 18,000 passengers on January 31.
“This rise was driven by positive sentiments among air travellers and a strong surge due to the festive holiday season. The operator is well-aware of both the challenges and opportunities that come with high passenger volumes, particularly during holiday seasons, because these may vary daily or even hourly depending on the schedule of flights,” it added.


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