Bangalore Airport has emerged as the second fastest growing airport in the world, In terms of passenger growth, among the top 20 major airports in the world.
The airport recorded a total of 1,58,50,352 passengers handled from the month of January to June this year, with an addition of 41,80,852 passengers over the corresponding period last year. It is next to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport which is the world’s fastest growing airport.
‘RoutesOnline’, a company focussing on the quality and standards of aviation globally, on Tuesday released a report on major airports in the world. Only airports which have crossed a figure of 2.5 million passengers in the first six months of 2018 have been considered for analysis.
According to the Managing Director & CEO of Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), Mr. Hari Marar, The number of passengers handled stands as a testament of the impressive growth of Bangalore as a new hub of economic activity in India, led largely by the knowledge economy.
According to aviation experts, there are a number of factors that have contributed to the growth of the Kempegowda International Airport which are given below –
- Bangalore has been historically not very well connected via rail or roads. Plus, the city does not have a seaport, which also contributes to air traffic.
- Industries such as IT, brick and mortar, electronics, precision engineering, food and floriculture have a huge presence in the city.
Business flyers from the tech industry & knowledge industry travel by air and traditionally people from the city travel in ‘Business Class’. They look at value for money and are money conscious. Also, Bangalore’s air traffic has been witnessing the fastest growth in the last 15 years.
New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is placed 6th (with a growth of 32,76,183) while Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport(RGIA) is placed 17th in terms of actual growth of passengers (20,97,087 passengers).