BENGALURU AIRPORT REPORTS 25 MILLION PASSENGER TRAFFIC IN 2017, REMAINS INDIA’S THIRD BUSIEST AIRPORTGENERAL TOPICSPosted by C C ASHOKA Wed, January 31, 2018 10:27:21
The Kempegowda international airport in Bengaluru on Tuesday announced a passenger traffic of 25 million in calendar 2017. This represents a growth of 13% over calendar 2016.
Bengaluru retained its status as busiest airport in South India, and India's third busiest airport after New Delhi and Mumbai.
The air traffic movements (ATMs) in Jan-Dec 2017 grew by 4.3%. Forty-three scheduled airlines now connect 62 destinations nationally and globally. The airport, operated by Fairfax Group-controlled Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), witnessed the highest-ever passenger movement on Dec 23 with 87,815 travellers using the airport on a single day. The same day also recorded 603 air traffic movements (ATMs) - the highest ever for the airport. In 2017, the airport also handled 339,461 metric tonnes of cargo.
"2017 has been a phenomenal year for us. We surpassed forecasted numbers and continue on a positive growth trajectory. BLR Airport was rated as the fastest growing airport, globally, by FlightGlobal. This is a reflection of the status of Bangalore as one of the fastest growing cities in India, and its growing economic might", said Hari Marar, Managing Director & CEO at BIAL.
According to a BIAL press release, statistics point to an expanding market. The number of domestic and international passengers grew, in calendar 2017, by 14.5% (vs 21.31 million in 2016) and 4.7% (vs 3.73 million in 2016), respectively. The airport averaged 505 ATMs per day in 2017, with a total of 184,348 ATMs during 2017 against 176,797 ATMs registered in 2016.
In 2017, the Bengaluru airport added four new routes: two in the domestic sector including Silchar and Udaipur and two in the international sector including Amsterdam and Bahrain. Two new airlines began operations in 2017: DHL Aviation International Cargo and Malindo Air. Last year the airport stepped up its regional connectivity with new connections to Thiruvananthapuram, Mangaluru, Coimbatore, Madurai, Hubli, Rajamundry, Agatti Island and Belegavi.