• USA top foreign destination from RGIA

Hyderabad, Feb 3: The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) at Shamshabad was the nation’s fifth largest in terms of air passenger traffic during 2019.

According to a report released by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), Hyderabad airport came fifth in domestic passengers, while it was sixth in international traffic.

RGIA had a footfall of 21 million passengers, which is 16 per cent over the air passenger traffic recorded in 2018. The airport has an average daily traffic of approximately 60,000 passengers. RGIA operates 25 passenger airlines connecting 71 destinations, including both domestic and international destinations.

The data also showed that the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi topped the list in both domestic and international air traffic, followed by Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, and Chennai in the number of international passengers and Bangalore is in domestic passenger traffic.

USA tops from RGIA

The most visited international destination from Hyderabad Airport is the United States of America, closely followed by Middle East countries, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Thailand also features as a most visited international destination.

Among the most frequented domestic airports from Hyderabad, Delhi tops the list, followed by Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Chennai.

Regarding foreign tourist arrivals in Telangana, the State had witnessed around 3.1 lakh foreign visitors for 2018, while Andhra Pradesh saw 2.8 lakh foreign visitors for the same year. Also, the number of foreign tourist visits in Telangana, has been on a steady rise since 2014. Against the figures of 2017, the number of foreign tourists in Telangana has increased by 21% in 2018.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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