After three years of negative growth, the Jaipur International Airport has registered a whopping domestic passenger growth of 26% in 2015-16, bringing cheers to the state’s tourism sector.
This is higher than the national average growth of 20.5% for the year. Passenger traffic swelled from 18.71 lakh in 2014-15 to 25.40 lakh in 2015-16, adding 7 lakh passengers more than the previous year.
This can be attributed to the significant rise in domestic aircraft movement, which rose from 18,648 flights in 2014-15 to 22,772 in 2015-16. During the same period, the frequency of flights has also shot up from 32 daily in May 2015 to 48 at present.
B K Tailang, airport director, Sanganer, said that a few more airlines would start operations from Jaipur. “The rising congestion in Delhi offers abundant opportunities for Jaipur in both domestic and international sectors. The new terminal is meant to handle 70 flight movements. This means that we have a lot of potential,” he said.
After completing the runway extension, the airport has overcome the last obstacle for the entry of premium luxury international airlines. He also pointed to the possibilities of operators increasing flight frequency on existing routes. Alfred Morris Jersey