Single-day passenger numbers from Hyderabad International Airport reached around 53,000 on March 27, or around 109% of pre-Covid average daily domestic traffic, the airport operator revealed on Sunday.

The airport also recorded the highest number of post-Covid domestic air traffic (ATM) movements of 374 on the same day.

On March 28, the airport also achieved the highest ever international passenger recovery of about 89% of pre-Covid average daily passenger traffic.

Officials said the airport handled around 7,000 domestic passengers and around 1,000 international travelers in the first half of March.

Regular international commercial flights resumed from March 27. With the lifting of restrictions on international travel, Hyderabad International Airport is expected to benefit from improved international connectivity.

For the Summer-22 schedule from March 27, up to 22 international airlines have submitted flight slots to 19 international destinations. Malaysian Airlines, British Airways, Thai Smile, Fly Scoot, Flynas, Emirates, Gulf Air, Etihad, Air India, Indigo are some of the airlines. International summer slots filled represent 103% of pre-Covid schedules.

Although overall international travel has been subdued during the prolonged Covid-19 pandemic, Hyderabad Airport is now connected to its earlier favorite destinations like Singapore, Qatar, Sharjah, Doha and Kuwait. The airport has also added flights to new international destinations like Chicago and the Maldives, which have garnered an outstanding response from travellers. Recently, the Hyderabad-Colombo flight resumed. Dhaka and Baghdad will soon be added to this list.

According to the airport operator, the post-Covid growth of connected destinations has been remarkable and in recent months it has added 15 new domestic sectors.

Hyderabad International Airport is now connected to over 70 domestic destinations, since the pre-Covid period of 55 domestic destinations. The UDAN initiative, which aims to boost regional connectivity for travelers to Tier II and Tier III cities, has further boosted connectivity across India.

Hyderabad is the only airport in the country where all ten national airlines fly. It has the right mix of passenger traffic. The passenger profile includes business travellers, VFR (visitors of friends and relatives), tourists, MSMEs (micro small and medium enterprises) and students. Over the past two years, these segments have helped Hyderabad International Airport recover faster than any other metropolitan airport in India.

“With international travel now open, we anticipate considerable demand in international passenger traffic in the months ahead. The overwhelming response from major domestic and international airlines in the summer timetable is proof that the sector is returning to normal,” Pradeep Panicker, CEO – GMR Hyderabad International Airport, said.

“We are working with all of our stakeholders to add more domestic and international connections from Hyderabad International Airport. Passengers will also benefit from an improved experience and we will soon open the first phase of our expanded airport,” a- he added.



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