Passenger footfalls surge in Andhra Pradesh airports

VISAKHAPATNAM: All four airports of Andhra Pradesh located in Vizag, Vijayawada, Tirupati and Rajahmundry have registered a surge in passenger footfalls during the first quarter of 2016-17.

Visakhapatnam Airport continues to be the leader among the four airports in terms of passenger traffic in the state, while Rajahmundry Airport registered the highest growth rate of 73.7 per cent in the first quarter of the current fiscal.

As many as 5.48 lakh passengers used the Visakhapatnam Airport during the first quarter of this fiscal as against 3.9 lakh during the same period last year, thus recording an increase of 40.3%. With a spurt in air traffic, Visakhapatnam Airport has outscored Bhubaneswar Airport in terms of passenger footfalls during the first quarter. Bhubaneswar handled 5.01 lakh passengers as against the 5.48 lakh of Visakhapatnam Airport in the current fiscal, whereas in the previous fiscal, Bhubaneswar had handled 4.45 lakh passengers as against 3.90 lakh at Visakhapatnam Airport.

However, international footfalls dropped by about 16.6% with the Vizag airport seeing 24,982 passengers as against 29948 passengers during the same period last year. Incidentally, except for April this year, when international passenger footfalls increased by around 4.6%, international footfalls dropped in May and June. While in May 2016, it dropped by 24%, in June 2016, it declined by 24.2%.Read More...