Aviation

‘Mumbai airport may be last to see recovery in flyer traffic’

By Times Of India

Among the major airports in India, Mumbai airport is likely to be the last to recover to pre-Covid passenger traffic, according to aviation consultancy firm Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA). The unprecedented slump in traffic as a result of the pandemic set the clock back by 13 years as the total traffic at Indian airports fell by 66% in 2020-21 to 115 million passengers, a level last seen in 2007-08.

Among public-private partnership airports, Hyderabad is expected to recover closest to pre-Covid traffic at -31.3%, while Mumbai will be the furthest behind at -52.3%, said CAPA Advisory India Airport Outlook FY2022. Its model showed Mumbai’s recovery underperforming other metro airports. This was based on the actual traffic performance in first quarter of 2021-22. However, it may be possible for the airport to accelerate during the year and achieve higher volumes, CAPA added.

According to Airports Authority of India data, in the April-June period, Delhi airport handled five million passengers, while Mumbai and Bengaluru handled about roughly two million each.

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