Air passenger traffic to surpass pre-COVID levels by year end
   Date :30-May-2022

Air passenger traffic  
Business Bureau
THIS summer holiday season the aviation industry is booming and Nagpur airport is jam-packed with a large number of travellers after a gap of two years. Travel agents are also happy and relieved that they are getting a good number of bookings.
The travel agents are witnessing a healthy growth in ticket bookings during the past three months. Most travel agents feel that the high growth in the number of air passengers has already reached about 70 per cent to 80 per
cent of the pre-COVID levels and could exceed those levels by this year end.
“The reason for the high growth in ticket bookings can be attributed to pent-up travel demand and people fed up staying at home due to travel restrictions from the last two years,” said Rahul Kale of Cenin Travels while speaking to The Hitavada. According to him, the summer holiday months have given an opportunity for a large number of people to travel to their favourite holiday destinations in the country and abroad. In Nagpur the average air passenger traffic has coolly touched 2 lakh per month as compared to pre-COVID average of 2.4 lakh per month. Currently, there are about 25 to 30 flights coming and departing from Nagpur airport.
“Looking at the growth, the civil aviation industry is booming and the air passenger traffic is most likely to surpass the pre-COVID levels by the end of this year,” he felt.
To provide a boost to the passenger traffic from Nagpur airport the major airlines should add more flights on important routes and increase the connectivity to more places. In this way the air passenger traffic would surge and could also surpass the pre-COVID level, he added.
Vivek Sharma of Pawansut Travels is of the opinion that the air passenger traffic is witnessing a huge demand and is about 80 per cent to 90 per cent of the pre-COVID level. If the demand persists, the air passenger traffic can exceed
the pre-COVID levels within a few months.
He said, “This summer holiday season is considered to be the peak season for the travel industry and a large number of travellers are planning in advance and going on tours with friends and family. The business class is also back to travelling on important work. Most flights are full and the Nagpur airport is bustling with activity and handling a large number of travellers.”
With a steep rise in air passenger traffic most travel agents are back to business.
There is a need for airlines to increase the frequency of flights from Nagpur as the present air travel demand is high, he mentioned.
The past two years were very challenging for the travel agents and a large number of them closed their offices due to absence of income and mounting expenses.
Those that survived are trying to get back on their feet and cover up their losses. The coronavirus had hit the travel agents hard due to the grounding of flights and travel restrictions on account of coronavirus, he added.
The major airlines operating from Nagpur airport are Air India, Indigo and Go Air. Another airline, Star Air has started flights to Belagavi (Belgaum), Karnataka. It operates about three flights per week. On the international front, Air Arabia has one direct flight per week to Sharjah. Qatar Airlines will be starting flights from Nagpur to Doha from June 1.