Hyderabad: As the number of COVID-19 cases is steadily coming down across India, the confidence in travel is steadily gaining momentum. Hyderabad airport saw an increase in the number of flights across domestic sectors. The airport recorded a substantial rise in Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) in September which was close to 9,000.

Following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the passenger traffic also surged in September 2021 as the airport witnessed traffic of 9.35 lakhs domestic passengers as compared to 6.8 lakh domestic passengers in July. This is 62% of the pre-COVID levels, the airport said in a press release on Monday.

The domestic passenger recovery at Hyderabad International Airport was the highest amongst all metro airports during July-August 2021.

GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL) also saw a gradual increase in international travelers which was 1.2 lakh, 41% of the pre-COVID level. Overall, the total passenger traffic footfall (domestic and international) reached 59% of the pre-COVID levels in September 2021.

On 9 October, GHIAL recorded the highest (domestic and international) passenger footfall of nearly 48,000 and 350 air traffic movements which is 77% of the pre-COVID numbers.

The most popular domestic destinations in terms of passenger volume were Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. Dubai, Doha, and Sharjah were the hottest destinations among international travellers. Along with leisure and vacation travel, SME business travel, visiting friends and relatives (VFR), and students largely contributed to the increase in passenger numbers, GHIAL said.

The average domestic passengers travelling from Hyderabad International Airport per day rose to 31,137 in September as compared to 22,500 per day in July

Hyderabad airport now connects 65 destinations

Hyderabad International Airport now connects to 65 domestic destinations as compared to 55 destinations in the pre-COVID period. In the last quarter, new domestic sectors like Rajkot, Srinagar, and Jamnagar were added from the Hyderabad International Airport.

The airport recently launched Air India's maiden direct flight from Hyderabad to London. The non-stop flights operate between Hyderabad International Airport and Heathrow Airport twice a week on Monday and Friday. Also, under the UDAN initiative to bolster regional connectivity, it launched Star Air's maiden flight from Hyderabad to Jamnagar

Domestic destinations like Jamnagar, Jammu, and Chandigarh recorded huge growth in passenger volume flying out from Hyderabad. It recorded tremendous growth in passenger count from August to September. Jamnagar recorded passenger growth rate of 346% in September as compared to August while Jammu recorded 286% and Chandigarh close to 244%.

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