Shamshabad airport cruising high

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport has added several flights connecting Hyderabad to tier-2 and tier-3 urban centres in the country

By Author  |  Published: 10th Dec 2018  12:12 amUpdated: 9th Dec 2018  11:02 pm
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Hyderabad: To cater to the ever increasing demands of air passengers for better connectivity to various parts of the country and abroad, in the last one-year or so the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Shamshabad has added several flights connecting the State capital to tier-2 and tier-3 urban centres in the country.

In the last 20 months, RGIA has augmented its connectivity to various destinations including Trivandrum, Kadapa, Nanded, Patna, Surat, Guwahati, Ranchi, Shirdi, Puducherry, Port Blair, Amritsar, Calicut, Udaipur, Hubli and Vadodara. To connect passengers to maximum number of destinations across the globe, on an average, one new destination is being added every month to the network. The authorities of RGIA has even managed connect flights to hill stations such as Imphal and Dehradun.

Considered to be among the busiest airports in the country, in the last few years, RGIA has connected Hyderabad to 66 destinations including 18 international and 48 domestic destinations, officials said.

According to a spokesperson from GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL), in line with the preference of passengers and demand from airport catchment area of RGIA, airlines constantly keep evaluating new international and domestic destinations from and to Hyderabad.

Over the last few years, international tourist hotspots in Europe, China and South East Asia and domestic destinations in the North-East, Central and North India have been in the radar for many airlines.

“Over the past two years, as many as five new airlines have commenced operations at RGIA”, the GHIAL official said.

Hyderabad is witnessing a boom in air travel and for the last four years, RGIA is growing very fast in the aviation sector. “There is a surge in domestic passenger growth in our country and accordingly, air network in RGIA has augmented to 20 new destinations during the last two years”, officials said.

Passenger growth to international destinations has also increased. The list of international destinations from RGIA are UAE, Bahrain, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Qatar, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Kuwait, UK, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Washington and Chicago.

At present, over 20 airlines operate international flights from RGIA and on an average, the airport handles more than 5,500 international departing passengers and 32 international departures daily.

The RGIA, which is operated by GHIAL, registered over 18 million passengers during 2017-19 with a growth of 20 per cent. Meanwhile, the first non-stop daily flight between Hyderabad and Bhopal is all set to begin from January 5.