After overtaking Chennai in home passenger site visitors, Bangalore airport is inching nearer to Chennai by way of worldwide passenger site visitors.
Bangalore’s annual worldwide passenger site visitors is just 50% of Chennai’s, however the airport has been registering a better fee of progress for the previous three years. Final yr, Bangalore’s home site visitors grew at double the tempo of Chennai and the worldwide site visitors at greater than six occasions. The development has continued into the primary quarter of this yr.
Final yr, Chennai dealt with 44 lakh worldwide passengers, whereas Bangalore had 25 lakh of them. However statistics compiled by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) reveals that the passenger site visitors grew on the fee of 6.5% in Bangalore whereas it was 3.6% in Chennai in 2012-13. Within the first quarter of this yr, worldwide passenger numbers grew by 0.8% in Chennai whereas it elevated by 5.2% in Bangalore.
In 2011-12, Bangalore registered a progress of 5.9% whereas Chennai noticed solely a 1.5% improve. “Worldwide travellers from Bangalore are younger professionals, whereas proportion of those that fly from Chennai are households. Bangalore additionally has the very best variety of individuals working in multinational corporations. That is fuellilng the expansion,” mentioned Air Passengers Affiliation of India president D Sudhakara Reddy. Makes an attempt by the hospitality business to alter this sample in Chennai have failed as a result of the airport is just not up to speed.
An airline official mentioned that “Bangalore will catch up within the subsequent couple of years as pink tape and infrastructure limitations at Chennai airport discourage airways from growing frequencies. The non-public proprietor of Bangalore airport affords incentives to shift passenger and cargo flights from Chennai.” SpiceJet on Friday introduced that it’ll begin a Bangalore-Bangkok flight.
A senior AAI official mentioned “being public sector has its limitations. Chennai will decide up when the airport will get privatized early subsequent yr.”