8.02 million passengers used the airport in the first quarter of the year, compared to 6.04 million passengers during the same period last year.

Bengaluru airport traffic jumps by 32 pc as 8 million take to skies in 3 months
news News Tuesday, August 07, 2018 - 09:09

The Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru achieved a traffic growth of 32.9% in the first quarter of the year, as 8.02 million passengers availed the services compared to 6.04 million passengers during the same period last year.

The Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) said that a total of 26.9 million passengers used the airport in 2017-18.

"Domestic and international passengers grew by 35.8 percent and 16.8 percent, respectively, primarily on the back of holiday season and special offers by airlines. 6.94 million domestic passengers and 1.08 million international fliers passed through the Bengaluru Airport between April and June 2018. It also notched up a daily record with 98,869 passengers arriving and departing on June 30, marking the busiest day at the airport – since start of operations," BIAL said in a statement.  

The statement also said that Air Traffic Movement (ATM) improved by 32.9 percent, with a total of 58,054 movements as against 43,673 movements last year. The Airport averaged 638 movements per day, with the highest-ever ATMs in a single day being 685 on May 4, 2018. 

"This quarter also witnessed the Cargo operations scaling new heights as a record 97,486 metric tonnes of Cargo was processed in three months, representing 16.6 per cent more than 83,584 metric tonnes handled in the first three months of 2017. The 34,398 metric tonnes of cargo processed in the month of June alone helped the airport to set another new monthly record in the history of the Airport. International cargo processed during the period was 61,888 metric tonnes (15.5 percent growth over 53,583 MT same period last year) while the domestic was 35,598 MT (18.7 percent over 30,001 MT same period last year)," the BIAL statement added.

The operating authority also said that as many as 33 passenger airlines, eight domestic and 25 international, connected Bengaluru with 67 destinations (45 domestic and 22 international), during this period. 

The top domestic destinations during the first quarter were Delhi (1,115,145), Mumbai (875,474) and Kolkata (473,089) while the top international destinations were Dubai (209,425), Singapore (163,638) and Abu Dhabi (77,166).

“The key factors, that have enabled us to deliver in such challenging times, are timely expansion of facilities, implementation of cutting edge technology and innovation and developing services centered around providing a seamless, easy customer experience,” BIAL MD and CEO Hari Marar said.

“As we move forward, our priorities will be to introduce innovative and digital solutions that will redefine airport experience and strengthen our role as an economic driver for the region. We look forward to building on this excitement and driving continued growth and transformation in 2018,” Marar added.

Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru is the first greenfield airport in India to be built as a private-public partnership and began operations in May 2008.

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