• Passenger traffic at Mumbai airport increased 30% in 3 years

    In the last three years, the number of flight arrivals and departures at Mumbai airport went up by 35,500 even as the fast-growing airport saw a 30% increase in passenger volumes, taking the number of passengers handled in 2015-16 to 4.15 crore.
    In the 2013-14 fiscal, the airport handled 2.18 crore domestic and 1.03 crore international passengers, with a total of 3.2 crore passengers, according to data released on Saturday by Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) in its sustainability report 2016. Three years later, the number of domestic passengers had gone up to 3 crore, while international passenger traffic was 1.16 crore.
    “Indian aviation is set for transformational growth. Foreseeing this scenario, MIAL has taken sustained efforts to expand and modernize airport infrastructure,” said the report. Among major modernization projects undertaken are refurbishment of domestic passenger terminals 1A and 1B, upgradation of runways and allied airside infrastructure, expansion of additional apron areas and parking bays on the airside, construction of new airline support facilities like aircraft run-up bays, maintenance hangars, and ground support equipment storage, expansion, upgradation and construction of new taxiways and rapid exit taxiways.
    Development apart, the airport addressed environmental concerns too. In the recently held Paris Conference of the Parties (COP), India committed to reduce its carbon emissions intensity by 33-35% by 2030, from its 2005 levels. MIAL has planned a 25% reduction in carbon emissions from direct fuel consumption and indirect energy purchase by 2020, the report said. The total green house gas emissions during 2014-15 and 2015-16 were 109,516 tCO e (tonnes of carbon equivalent) and 109,006 tCO e respectively. Shilique Calhoun Jersey

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