- Delhi’s runway witnessed 69 flights to domestic destinations, followed by Mumbai and Bengaluru that have flights to 59 Indian cities each
- The capital’s airport is now connected with 66 international destinations through VBM flights
- A majority of the domestic flights from IGIA are operated by IndiGo, Air India and SpiceJet
THoD Newsdesk, New Delhi: Delhi International Airport (DIAL) has yet again taken up the position of India’s most connected airport, during this post-lockdown period. Delhi’s runway witnessed 69 flights to domestic destinations, followed by Mumbai and Bengaluru that have flights to 59 Indian cities each. This was closely followed by Hyderabad at 57, Kolkata at 49 and Chennai at 44. Although international flights remain suspended, India has made foreign travel accessible, under air bubble pacts and Vande Bharat Mission. IGIA reached the 10-lakh international passenger mark last month, since May 25, 2020 and about 19 lakh domestic passengers in October, which is almost 42% of the pre-Covid domestic traffic level.
According to the data listed out by the Delhi International Airport, “Delhi Airport is now connected with 66 international destinations through VBM flights. In October 2020, IGIA was connected with 26 destinations in Asia; 14 in middle east; 11 in Europe; 8 in North America; 4 in Africa and 3 in Australia. Delhi now has flights to and from 20 countries as compared to 51 in the pre-COVID period.”
Delhi’s airport has witnessed a “significant number of inbound travellers from Dubai, Changi, Bangkok, Heathrow and Kathmandu during the festive season.”
DIAL CEO, Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, stated, “The prevailing pandemic situation has hit the aviation sector critically. In these testing times, DIAL continues to stand on its commitment to provide safe and healthy world-class amenities and facilities to the flyers. With the largest domestic and international network, Delhi Airport has been able to connect thousands of passengers to their respective hometowns or business locations. With the recent announcement by the government to permit up to 70% of domestic slots in the coming days, we are hopeful of achieving the pre-Covid levels soon.”
A majority of the domestic flights from IGIA are operated by IndiGo, Air India and SpiceJet and as per reports of DIAL, the other popular domestic destinations include Pune, Kolkata, Guwahati, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Jammu, Lucknow, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar and Bagdogra.