BENGALURU: The Kempegowda International Airport has recorded the largest growth in passenger and cargo traffic in the January-September period compared to Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi.
In passenger traffic, Bengaluru recorded a 22.4% growth followed by Delhi at 21.5%, Hyderabad at 21%, and Mumbai at 11.7%, reports The Economic Times.
In international passenger traffic too, the city has recorded the highest growth at 11.7%. For Bengaluru, this translated to 1.8 million passengers. Delhi comes second at 10.2%. In terms of cargo traffic, the Kempegowda airport is the only metro airport to have recorded a double digit growth at 10.8%. Hyderabad had the lowest growth rate at 3.8%.
The city airport handled 11 million passengers, both domestic and international, during this period and has been witnessing a growth. Hyderabad had seven million passengers.
In terms of absolute numbers, the Delhi airport, however, handled the largest at 2.7 million passengers followed by Mumbai at 2.2 million passengers.
“The numbers show Bengaluru as well as Karnataka remain the most attractive destination in every aspect and the popularity of the Brand Bengaluru. This has become possible due to the increased flow people for purposes such as investments, tourism, healthcare and education. According to earlier projections, the Bengaluru airport was to see this kind of a traffic growth only in 2021 but we are growing very fast,” said DV Prasad, Additional Chief Secretary, Infrastructure and Industries and Commerce Department.
The growth in traffic, Prasad said, has put increased pressure on airport operators as well as the government to quickly strengthen the infrastructure by adding a second runway and a terminal and other supporting infrastructure.