With the number of COVID cases decreasing steadily across the country, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in the city is recording the highest (domestic and international) passenger footfall of nearly 48,000 and 350 Air Traffic Movements in October, which is 77 percent of pre-Covid numbers.
In spite of the restrictions triggered by the deadly virus, the city airport is now connecting Hyderabad to a staggering 65 destinations within the country, not to forget recently added direct flights to international destinations, including Chicago and London.
The reports suggest that the dip in COVID19 cases caused the demand for air travel across sectors, gradually picking up. The most in-demand domestic destinations were Mumbai, Delhi, and Bengaluru, while international travelers preferred Doha, Dubai, and Sharjah.
As the demand from passengers hiked for more flights, RGIA as well expanded its portfolio, connecting 65 domestic destinations as compared to 55 destinations in the pre-Covid period. In the last quarter, new sectors like Srinagar, Rajkot, and Jamnagar were added.
As per RGIA officials, domestic destinations like Jammu, Jamnagar, and Chandigarh recorded an unprecedented growth in passenger volume from the city.
• The Rajiv Gandhi Airport connects Hyderabad to 65 domestic destinations now
• Hyderabad was connected to only 55 destinations in pre-Covid days
• Daily domestic passengers rose to 31,137 in September against 22,500 per day in July
• October 9 saw passenger footfall of 48,000 with 350 Air Traffic Movements