MUMBAI: Mumbai airport handled a record passenger movement of over 1.30 lakh on September 17, the highest volume of flyers it has handled in a day since the pandemic began disrupting air travel in March 2020. It was in December last year, during peak year-end travel, that the airport had crossed the one lakh passengers per day mark for pandemic travel.
The current growth in passenger traffic is a result of new destinations and increase in airline capacity, said Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL). It also signals the beginning of the festive season travel, airlines expect busier weekends in the coming months.
“Close to 95,080 passengers travelled through Terminal 2 (T2) and 35,294 through Terminal 1 (T1) with 839 total flight movements on this day,” said MIAL. Adding to the weekend rush, on September 18, Mumbai airport again witnessed over 1.3 lakh passengers of which over 98,000 pax travelled domestically while around 32,000 passengers flew on international routes.
Delhi, Bengaluru, and Chennai were the top three domestic destinations while Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Singapore remained the top three international routes with maximum air traffic. IndiGo, Vistara and Go First were the top three airlines that catered to the highest passenger traffic on domestic routes. On the international front, the top three were IndiGo, Air India, and Emirates.
After seeing the worst decline in passenger volumes in the year 2020-2021 due to the curtailed flight schedule enforced by both the union and state government, the Mumbai airport, between April 2021 and March 2022 handled over 2 crore passengers registering the highest passenger traffic growth of 97% year-on-year in the country, according to Airports Authority of India (AAI) data.
According to rating agency Investment Information and Credit Rating Agency of India Limited (ICRA), domestic traffic rose to 5 percent to 1.02 crore in August 2022, indicating that the aviation industry is set on the road to recovery with normalcy in flight operations.