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.