T20 World Cup: Delhi Airport emerging as hub for flights to Australia
New Delhi: Delhi Airport serves as the major international aviation hub of the Indian capital city of New Delhi as well as India. Named after former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi, it is the busiest airport in India in terms of passenger traffic since 2009. It is also the busiest airport in the country in terms of cargo traffic, overtaking Mumbai during late 2015.
The airport has been able to take its share of the passenger traffic on the India-Australasia route from 28 per cent in 2006-07, when the airport was privatised, to 41 per cent at the end of FY19. That’s a gain of 47 per cent in the share of passengers during the last 14 years. Interestingly, Delhi is the only airport in India to register a significant increase in passenger share, whereas other major airports such as Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai posted a dip during the same period.
“Delhi Airport has emerged as the hub for traffic to Australasia. It is the only airport in the SAARC region to have non-stop connectivity with Sydney and Melbourne. This route has immense potential to grow further in future and I am sure that other Indian and foreign carriers would like to operate direct flights from Delhi,” said Videh Kimar Jaipuriar, CEO, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL).
India has become Australia’s fastest growing tourist market with visitor numbers increasing by 53 per cent, driven by a surge in arrivals of those visiting family and friends. India is now ranked seventh for incoming international visitors to Australia with 350,000 people compared to 15th place in 2006.
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