Low fares, holidays spike Bangalore International Airport passenger traffic by 33% in June quarter

Mumbai: Passenger traffic at Bangalore international airport surged nearly 33 percent to 8.02 million passenger in the June quarter over the year-ago period driven by holiday season and steep fare discounts, BIAL said on Monday. The Airport, which has flown 6.04 million passenger in the April-June quarter of the previous fiscal.

The NRI Prem Watsa-promoted Fairfax currently owns a 54 percent stake in the joint venture company Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), while Siemens Projects Venture has 20 percent holding. Karnataka State Industrial & Infrastructure Development Corp and Airports Authority of India (AAI) hold 13 percent each in the venture.

The total number of passengers who passed through Bangalore airport in the first three months of the fiscal grew to 8.02 million from 6.04 million passengers, a growth of 32.9 percent, during the corresponding period of FY17, the release said.

Domestic passengers volume spiked 35.8 percent to 6.94 million while international traffic grew 16.8 percent to 1.08 million during the quarter, primarily on the back of holiday season and special fare offers by airlines, it said.

 Low fares, holidays spike Bangalore International Airport passenger traffic by 33% in June quarter

Kempegowda International Airport. Image: BIAL

According to the airport operator, it also notched up a daily record with 98,869 passengers arriving and departing on 30 June, marking the busiest day at the aerodrome since start of operations.

"The key factors that have enabled us to deliver in such challenging times, are timely expansion of facilities and implementation of cutting-edge technology and innovation, among others," said Hari Marar, managing director and chief executive officer, BIAL.

"As we move forward, our priorities will be to introduce innovative and digital solutions," he added.

The aircraft movement went up by 32.9 percent, with a total of 58,054 arrivals and departures as against 43,673 movements last year, BIAL said in the release.

Besides, a record 97,486 metric tonnes of cargo was processed during the period as compared to 83,584 metric tonnes handled in the June quarter of last fiscal, an increase of 16.6 percent, it added.

As many as 33 passenger airlines eight domestic and 25 international airlines connected Bengaluru with 67 destinations (45 domestic and 22 international), during this period, the release said.

Updated Date: Aug 07, 2018 11:04:24 IST