Mumbai airport handles 6 million more passengers than estimated
Local Press Co 5-point Snippet
1. City’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport has recently joined the league of big world airports that handle more than 40 million passengers a year.
2. As the airport completes 10 years of privatisation this week, MIAL has worked out an estimate of passenger traffic growth in and out of Mumbai. Though MIAL expected the airport passenger traffic to be at 35 million for 2015-16, it stood out at 41.6 million – six million more than their expectation.
3. The estimates further state that the Mumbai airport’s passenger traffic will reach 49 million by 2022-23.
4. While referring to the country’s air passenger growth, Amber Dubey of KPMG said, “It’s a super growth year.” India’s domestic passenger traffic is at a global high of 21.2%. “For 2016-17, it could even cross 25% if aviation turbine fuel prices stay down and airlines go ahead with fleet expansion as planned,” he added.
5. While witnessing the rapid growth in the last three years, MIAL has been making capacity additions. Like, over the last five years, runway capacity has been increased from over 30 take-offs and landings per hour to 45, peaking at over 52.