With cheaper flight rates and drastic rise in spending power of the air travelers, Jaipur airport registered almost growth of almost 15% in the passenger traffic as compared to the previous years.
According to the latest passenger traffic data rolled out by Airport Authority of India (AAI), till March 31, 2019, Jaipur International Airport served 55 lakh passengers, which includes both domestic and foreign travelers. According to the data, the airport had approximately 47 lakh passengers in 2017-18, 46 lakh in 2016-17 and 36 lakh during 2015-16 respectively.
Jaideep Singh Balhara, Director, AAI, Jaipur commented – “ Increase in number of flights and the financial capacity of the passengers for air travel are the main reason for this hike in the number of passengers.”
Presently there are 67 flights operating from Jaipur to various domestic and international destinations across the globe. There were 61 flights operating from the airport until last year. Out of the 55 lakh passengers who traveled through Jaipur Airport in 2018-19, around 6 lakh were international passengers while the rest were domestic.
With the increasing number of passengers, the Jaipur Airport Authority is also taking numerous infrastructural actions to accommodate the ever-increasing number. Jaipur International Airport ranked 17th out of the 20 other airports in a recent survey conducted across the country. Jaipur Airport Authority officials claim that this poor ranking is due to space constraints and proper measures are being taken to improve the infrastructure.
Ten check-in counters and self-checking kiosks are in full swing of action to de-congest the airport while more infrastructure work is going on. The development work expected to be completed by June this year. “Terminal 1 will be used for international flights which would increase the space and other work is also being carried because of which we will have much more space to accommodate more passengers”, added Balhara.