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Amritsar beats all international Airports in India with 83.5% growth in domestic traffic

February 07, 2018 12:00 PM

Punjab News Express
AMRITSAR : Shri Guru Ram Das Jee (SGRDJ) International Airport, Amritsar has beaten all the other international airports in the country in Dec 2017 with highest domestic passenger growth of 83.5% and aircraft movement increase of 103.5% in comparison to the same month in 2016. Footfall of domestic passengers in Dec 2017 reached 1,62,932 in comparison to 88,790 during the corresponding month in 2016. 

Sameep Singh Gumtala, aviation analyst and Overseas Secretary, Amritsar Vikas Manch (NGO), in statement to the press said that analysis of recently released data by Airport Authority of India for all the airports in India also revealed that the total monthly footfall of passengers (domestic and international) at the airport reached an all-time high of 2,19,216 surpassing previous month November total of 2,13,615 passengers. International passengers’ footfall also increased by 8.4% to 56,284 in Dec 2017 compared to 51,945 in the Dec 2016. 

In another landmark, annual footfall of international passengers crossed 20.6 lakh in 2017 witnessing an increase of 37.4% over previous year when 15 lakh passengers landed and boarded from the city airport. Traffic between Amritsar-Delhi sector was the highest with 11 lakh passengers followed by Amritsar-Mumbai with 2.81 lakh passengers. Even with the addition of no international flights in 2017, total international traffic in 2017 increased by 17% to 5.91 lakh passengers compared to 5.1 lakh in 2016. Amritsar-Dubai route continued to be the highest with 2.3 lakh followed by 1.1 lakh passengers on Amritsar-Doha route operated by Qatar Airways. 

Gumtala said, “The credit goes to domestic flights launched in 2017 to Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Srinagar, Jammu, Nanded which brought the Amritsar airport once again in the limelight. Amritsar continued to outpace domestic national average growth each month and also 2017 total domestic average increase of 17 percent. Installation of CAT-3B at the airport resulted in less cancellation of flights in December compared to the previous years. 

Manch Patron, Manmohan Singh, who is also a member of airport advisory committee said that Indian carriers did not start any international flight from Amritsar and continues to connect passengers to international destinations via Delhi. However, this is going to change with the launch of twice-weekly Amritsar-Birmingham flight on Feb 20. Foreign carriers including Air Asia X, Thai Smile are planning International flights from the airport. Middle east carriers including Emirates, Turkish, Fly Dubai are interested but not able to do so due to the non-revival of bilateral air agreements by India. 

 

Reference: Monthly data published for all Airports in India by Airport Authority of India. Please see attached pdf file for detailed data

 

Airport

PASSENGERS (IN NOS.)

 

For the month

For the period April to Dec

 

Dec
2017

Dec
2016

%
Change

2017-2018

2016-2017

%
Change

INTERNATIONAL

Amritsar

56,284

51,945

8.4%

444,005

390,642

13.7

DOMESTIC

Amritsar

162,932

88,790

83.5%

1,191,244

747,713

59.3

TOTAL PASSENGERS (INT'L & DOMESTIC)

Amritsar

219,216

140,735

55.8%

1,635,249

1,138,355

43.7

 

 

Airport

AIRCRAFT MOVEMENTS

 

For the month

For the period April to Dec

 

Dec
2017

Dec
2016

% Change

2017-2018

2017-2016

% Change

INTERNATIONAL

Amritsar

415

349

18.9

3,204

3,036

5.5

DOMESTIC

Amritsar

1,203

586

105.3

9,962

5,558

79.2

TOTAL 

Amritsar

1,618

935

73.0

13,166

8,594

53.2

 

Passenger Traffic 

(Domestic & International)

 

Year

Month

2016

2017

Jan

121,193

148,769

Feb

121,395

136,783

Mar

120,241

142,500

Apr

120,297

155,650

May

113,304

158,380

Jun

112,569

162,604

Jul

125,595

170,783

Aug

128,899

172,645

Sep

119,520

170,354

Oct

137,312

212,002

Nov

140,124

213,615

Dec

140,735

219,216

Total

1,501,184

2,063,301

 

 

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