Passenger Traffic At Airports In Tier 2, 3 Cities Higher Than Pre-Covid Levels: IATA
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Passenger Traffic At Airports In Tier 2, 3 Cities Higher Than Pre-Covid Levels: IATA


Passenger traffic at airports in tier 2 and 3 cities of the country is higher than pre-Covid levels, a senior official of the International Air Transport Association said on Wednesday.

"In domestic, we have seen a strong expansion in new destinations and the deployment of new flights. Unused and under utilised airports in India are starting to see additional passenger activity," Amitabh Khosla, country director of IATA said during a seminar at AeroIndia 2021.

India resumed its scheduled domestic passenger flights on May 25, 2020 after keeping them suspended for a period of two months due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

"Airline networks themselves are in the state of transition. Post restart, we have seen a growing number of tier-2 and tier-3 cities where the traffic at the airports is higher than it was during the pre-Covid levels," Khosla said.

The IATA has around 290 airlines as its members.

Khosla said airlines are expected to get one-third of the revenues from air cargo this year as compared to 12% in 2019.

While global passenger traffic is expected to come to pre-pandemic level only in 2024, the air cargo traffic is expected to reach pre-Covid level by March 2020, Khosla mentioned.

Also read: Asia’s Fragile Aviation Recovery Set Back by Resurgent Virus

Schedule international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, special international flights have been operating since May last year under Vande Bharat Mission and air bubble arrangements found with various countries.

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