(CTN News) – In the most recent fiscal year, Mumbai Airport, India’s second-busiest airport, experienced tremendous growth as many airlines began or restarted operations and passenger counts increased to 90% of pre-pandemic levels.
While domestic departures from the Mumbai Airport increased gradually over the past year, foreign movements increased by more than 150%.
Mumbai Airport Counts 44 Million Passenger Annually
Nearly 44 million people used Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in the years FY2022-23.
Naturally, the majority of this was domestic traffic, which recovered impressively by 96% and helped the airport get to 90% of its pre-2019 levels.
Seven new international carriers and one domestic airline, Akasa Air, began operations in Mumbai during this time.
The airport now controls more than 55% of non-metro traffic, up from 50% before the pandemic, demonstrating the improvement in its domestic connectivity over the course of the year.
According to a breakdown of passenger counts, 32.7 million of the total number of passengers leaving Mumbai last year flew domestically, while 11.2 million travelled internationally.
Domestic foot traffic rose 87% over the prior year, while overseas passenger numbers skyrocketed by 291%.
The top domestic destinations were New Delhi, Bengaluru, and Goa, while Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and London were the most popular choices for tourists from other countries.
Domestic air movements, which increased by 51% to 219,200 last year, accounted for 56% of the CSMIA’s overall flight movement growth.
The number of overseas movements increased by 181% from the prior fiscal year to 63,000, or.
Mumbai handled 1,50,988 passenger movements on December 10th, the third-highest number ever. On February 11th, 2023, Mumbai logged 974 flight movements, the most remarkable single-day total since the epidemic.
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The most recent statistics from Mumbai Airport, particularly those related to international travel, are not particularly shocking.
The total number of flights and passenger movements increased as both Indian and foreign carriers began or resumed a number of services out of the airport.
Two international departures from the city, operated by Vistara, are currently scheduled for London Heathrow and Mauritius.
Additionally, IndiGo announced the restart of service to Singapore and another non-stop flight from Mumbai to Dhaka, Bangladesh, last month.
Another Indian airline, Vistara, began operating flights between Mumbai and Dhaka in November 2022. This occurred not long after the Mumbai-Abu Dhabi service had begun.
In February, Air India resumed service on the Mumbai-JFK route with the launch of two new long-distance flights between Mumbai and the US.
Prior to then, the service between Mumbai and San Francisco had begun in December. Flynas also provided direct flights from Mumbai to Dammam and Riyadh last year.
In addition to resuming the Mumbai-Colombo flight in March, Vistara also started flying between Mumbai and Muscat in December and just introduced a new service from Mumbai to Dammam.