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Kolkata airport sees a record 1L+ domestic flyers this weekend, ET Infra


A record 1 lakh+ domestic passengers travelled through the Kolkata airport this weekend – some coming home for Chhath, some flying out to watch the World Cup final and a large number returning to their workplaces post Diwali and Bhai Phonta.

On Saturday, the NSCBI airport clocked 53,221 footfalls, which increased to 54,170 on Sunday. On both days, outbound flyers overshot the number of incoming passengers.

“This has been the best performing weekend for our airport this year. The number of domestic traffic we received is even more than what we had received during the Durga Puja weekend. These are positive signs for the aviation industry in the country,” a senior airport official.

TOI had reported on November 20 that the World Cup final had given a big boost to air traffic in the country with Saturday witnessing almost 4.6 lakh domestic flyers, the highest ever for a single day. It turns out Kolkata airport contributed around 12% of that number.

Mumbai airport breaks record with 1,032 air traffic movement on Diwali weekend

Diwali travel witnesses an impressive 516,562 passenger movements at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. On November 11th, CSMIA set the single-day ATM record, handling 161,419 passengers, with 107,765 on domestic flights and 53,680 on international flights. The Mumbai airport has also consistently been at the forefront of promoting sustainability and green initiatives.

The city had experienced a similar rush over the November 4-5 weekend when thousands flew in for the India – South Africa World Cup match at Eden Gardens and many more came home for Kali Puja and Diwali. Travel and tourism ind-ustry experts said packed advance booking of AC trains led more people to choose flights, even if that meant coughing up hefty amounts.

“This weekend’s footfall was a combined crowd of Diwali returnees, Chhath devotees and cricket fans. Departures were timed over the weekend so that people could resume offices and schools from Monday after a long break,” said Debjit Dutta, chairman of Bengal chapter of Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO).

Flyer count: Slump on Diwali weekend
Since the start of the festive season, the city airport had been registering an average footfall of more than 50,000 domestic passengers per day.

There was, however, a brief period of slump on the Kali Puja-Diwali weekend (November 11-12). In fact, November 12 saw only 16,000-odd people flying out of Kolkata, making it the year’s lowest departure data for a single day at the airport. Officials had said it was possibly due to a majority of people staying back for Diwali and Bhai Phonta festivities.

“I did not get leave during Durga Puja and to compensate this, I took two weeks of leave during Kali Puja and Diwali, during which I also watched a couple of matches at Eden Gardens. I took a flight back to Bengaluru on Sunday evening and resumed office from Monday,” said Amrita Roy, who works for a private firm in Bengaluru.

  • Published On Nov 21, 2023 at 04:43 PM IST

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