International Slots filed 103% of pre-Covid in Summer-22 Schedule

Records 89% of pre-Covid average daily passenger traffic in international sector on 28th March

Hyderabad, NFAPost: The scheduled international commercial flights have resumed from 27th March. With drop in Covid cases and borders opening up for tourists, the global travel industry is once again set to bounce back.

Hyderabad International Airport (HYD) is envisioned to be a major travel hub for people travelling from Southern and Central India. As a preferred and largest transit hub, it offers convenient proximity for passengers originating from nearby cities.

Airlines can connect to any part of India within a flying time of ~ 2 hrs. Hyderabad is the gateway to one of the fastest-growing states in the region with a growing travel trend among the residents.

The post-Covid growth in the destinations being connected has been remarkable and in the last few months, it has added 15 new domestic sectors.

Hyderabad International Airport is now connected to over 70 domestic destinations, from the pre Covid period of 55 domestic destinations.

The UDAN initiative, which is aimed to bolster the regional connectivity to the travellers to Tier II-Tier III cities has further boosted the connectivity across India.

Air travel has been steadily increasing with domestic travel picking up across India. The number of passengers in a single day from Hyderabad International Airport touched around 53 thousand on 27th March, which is ~109% of pre-Covid daily average domestic traffic.

The airport also recorded the highest number of post-Covid domestic Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) of 374 on the same day

The airport witnessed about 7 lakh domestic passengers and around 1 lakh, international travellers, during the first half of March’22

On 28th March, Hyderabad International Airport also achieved the highest ever international passenger recovery of ~89 % of pre-Covid daily average passenger traffic

Hyderabad is the only airport in the country where all ten domestic airlines fly

Hyderabad has the right mix of passenger traffic. The profile of the passengers includes corporate travellers, VFR (Visiting Friends and Relatives), tourists, MSME (Micro Small and Medium Enterprises) and students.

In the last two years, these segments have helped Hyderabad International Airport recover faster than any other metro airport in India

With the lifting of international travel restrictions, Hyderabad International Airport is likely to get a boost in international connectivity.

For the ‘Summer-22’ schedule starting from 27th March, 22 International Airlines have filed flight slots to 19 International destinations. Malaysian Airlines, British Airways, Thai Smile, Fly Scoot, Flynas, Emirates, Gulf Air, Etihad, Air India, Indigo to name a few. The international summer slots filed is 103% of the pre-Covid times.

Though the overall international travel was subdued during the prolonged Covid-19 pandemic, HYD airport is now connected to its earlier favourite destinations like Singapore, Qatar, Sharjah, Doha, Kuwait to name a few.

The airport ialso added flights to new international destinations i.e., Chicago and Maldives which got an exceptional response from travellers. Recently the Hyderabad-Colombo flight has been resumed. Dhaka and Baghdad will soon be added to this ever growing list.

GMR Hyderabad International Airport CEO Pradeep Panicker , said, “With the international travel now open, we foresee a considerable demand in the international passenger traffic in the coming months. The overwhelming response from leading national and international airlines in the summer schedule is proof of the sector returning to normalcy. We are working with all our stakeholders to add more domestic and international connections from the Hyderabad International Airport. Passengers are also in for an enhanced experience and we will shortly open up the first phase of our expanded airport.”

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