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Dubai, Delhi are still top stops for flyers from Mumbai | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Over a year after the pandemic struck the world and consequent travel restrictions roiled the order among the top international routes, Dubai continues to be the top international destination for Mumbai airport, where the total passenger traffic, including domestic, in January-March was half of what was in the first three months of 2020, while the flight traffic was a little over two-thirds.

Within India, Delhi continued to be the most popular destination for the city airport, where the traffic has been on a steady rise.
As for CSMIA, it handled about 51 lakh passengers and 49,000 flights in the period from January to March, said Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL). Of this, 7,800 were international flights with over five lakh passengers and 41,000 were domestic flights with over 45 lakh passengers, it added.

In the same period in 2020, CSMIA had handled 104 lakh passengers and about 72,000 flights, and in 2019, 116 lakh passengers and over 74,000 flights, according to Airports Authority of India data.
The numbers are higher for 2019 than for 2020 because traffic fell to zero in the last week of March 2020 after the coronavirus-induced lockdown was imposed and flights were banned. So, in March 2020, Mumbai airport handled only 21 lakh passengers as opposed to 36 lakh passengers in March 2019.
Dubai was the most popular international destination, with over 1.6 lakh passenger traffic, followed by Newark with 54,000 passengers and Male with about 50,000 passengers. Delhi topped in domestic destinations with 6.5 lakh passengers, followed by Goa with 4 lakh fliers and Bengaluru with 3 lakh passengers.
Among the new international routes destinations added were Ras Al Khaimah and Batam, and on the domestic front, Jharsuguda, Kishangarh and Agra.
While the passenger numbers are low not just for Mumbai airport but for other Indian airports as well this year as compared to the last two years, the Indian domestic air travel market hasn’t fared poorly when compared to other domestic air travel markets across the world. In fact, the Indian domestic traffic was resilient in February and also January, said International Air Transport Association (IATA), in its traffic report for February.
“In India, new Covid cases were low in February, and vaccinations had started. But cases increased again in March, and the large economic impact from the crisis will delay a return to the strong growth rates of the recent past,” said the IATA report.

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