Arrival Gains At Mumbai As Business Travel Increases

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A Vistara aircraft taxiing at Chhatrapati shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai. Source: CSMIA/Instagram

Delhi, Varanasi and Hyderabad have emerged as the top three cities contributing to the highest number of passengers arriving at Mumbai by air, since commercial domestic flight operations resumed a hundred days ago.

When domestic flight operations initially resumed, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) had more passengers departing out of the airport and travelling back to their hometowns than those arriving into Mumbai.

Mumbai had 47 flights arriving and leaving to 14 sectors. On May 25, 2020 IndiGo, SpiceJet, Vistara, Air India, Air Asia India, Alliance Air and Air India Express together carried 4,852 passengers, which included 3,752 passengers at departures and 1,100 at arrivals. The highest passenger load capacity from Mumbai was seen on the Delhi route.

This changed on August 1, 2020 with the rising trend of business travel as the purpose of flying, the airport observed growth in arriving passengers.

Since the resumption of commercial domestic flight operations, CSMIA has catered to a total of 47 sectors in the country operated by 10 airlines. With Mumbai re-opening, the airport has recorded 2,37,200 passengers at arrival as compared to approximately over 1,70,600 passengers at departures since the commencement of Unlock 3.0.

Delhi, Varanasi and Hyderabad have emerged as the top three cities with the highest arrivals of 51,200, 19,700 and 16,100 passengers respectively over the past 100 days. In comparison, the airport registered 1,08,500 arriving and 1,62,800 departing passengers under the Unlock 2.0 in the month of July 2020.

A survey conducted at CSMIA revealed a shift in the purpose of travel with the trend of business travel gaining momentum over returning to hometowns or visiting the family. With passengers finding air travel to be a more reliable mode of transportation, the study further revealed high passenger satisfaction and confidence with the safety measures undertaken by the airport.

A CSMIA spokesperson said that the airport continues to strictly follow safety measures at the airport as laid out in the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) laid out by the regulatory bodies along with supporting government agencies in their process to curb the spread of the virus.

In compliance with the updated guidelines, currently, all the domestic passengers have to undergo a 14-day home quarantine upon arriving in the city. In case of an onward transit or departure from Mumbai within 7-days of arrival, they will be exempted from quarantine if they produce a confirmed ticket of their return/onward journey.

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Deputy Editor, AviatorsBuzz Aditya Anand in his nearly two decades of Journalism experience has tracked Aviation, Travel, and Hospitality closely and reported on it for major publications like The Hindu, Mumbai Mirror, and MIDDAY.


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