Posted: Posted Date – 3:57 PM, Mon – 11 Apr 22

Hyderabad: The people of Telangana like to fly to new places for vacations. And this, according to GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL), has helped Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) here recover from the impact of Covid faster than any other metropolitan airport in the country.

The GHIAL, which operates the RGIA, said on Monday that there was “a sincere interest among the people of Telangana and adjacent states to visit new holiday destinations such as the Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan, the island Mauritius, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea., New Zealand, etc.

“Although international travel has been subdued overall during the prolonged Covid-19 period, the RGIA has added flights to two new international destinations, Chicago and the Maldives, which have received an exceptional response from travellers. It also added a flight to London. All of these flights showed a high load factor with high throughput, which speaks to the strong demand for international travel from the region,” he said.

Hyderabad’s “good mix of passenger traffic”, multinationals, businesses, visiting friends and relatives, tourists and students, has also helped the RGIA recover quickly, he said, adding that Hyderabad was now the fourth busiest airport in India.

“We have seen recovery at a very steady pace. Compared to 55 domestic destinations in the pre-Covid period, Hyderabad is now connected to about 70 domestic destinations,” GHIAL said.

Airlines have also reaped the influx of passenger traffic from different parts of India which can be transferred via Hyderabad to the world.

“Transfer traffic has grown from 9% in 2015 to 26% in 2022. This reflects how the location has helped airlines to effectively create a hub and spoke model at RGIA, which is the only airport in the country where all 10 domestic airlines fly,” he added.

This had enabled RGIA to remain the preferred hub for people traveling from South and Central India as airlines from Hyderabad could connect to any part of India within a two hour flight. .

On the other hand, internationally as well, RGIA airlines could quickly connect to South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East within a flight time of four hours. The airport’s recent expansion also had a proposed minimum connection time of 45 minutes for a domestic-to-domestic flight, 75 minutes for a domestic-to-international flight, 90 minutes for an international-to-domestic flight, and 60 minutes for an international flight. internationally.

RGIA is the only airport in the country where all 10 national airlines fly

Over the past two years, RGIA has recovered faster than any other metropolitan airport in India

Transfer traffic increased from 9% in 2015 to 26% in 2022

Hyderabad is now the fourth busiest airport in India