Jaipur: Udaipur airport witnessed one of the highest jumps in air passenger traffic growth rate in the country. With 60% increase over one million passengers travelled from the city in 2016-17 (April to February).
As per the data placed by minister of state for civil aviation, Jayant Sinha, in Rajya Sabha total ten lakh people travelled from the Udaipur airport in 2016-17. Though in absolute numbers, the total increase was of about 3.75 lakh but the percentage growth rate was 60%.
Encouraged by the growing figures, government will now upgrade the basic strip at Udaipur airport for further increasing its effective runway length. In the state capital, total 34.48 lakh passengers travelled from Jaipur International Airport in 2016-17 (April to Feb) registering an increase of 32.2% growth rate over previous year.
As per the figures the Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) during the last three years for passengers in Rajasthan was 17.2%.
"There has been a significant rise in air passenger traffic from all the main airports of Rajasthan such as Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur during the last three years except in Jodhpur during 2014-15 and 2015-16" said Sinha.
The air passenger traffic in Rajasthan has witnessed the growth rate of 12.3%, 8.5% and 32.1% respectively during 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 over the previous year.
To keep up with the growing traffic in the state, airport authority of India has devised specific plans for all the three airports. At Jaipur, terminal building is planned to be upgraded from its present capacity to handle 2.07 million passengers per annum (MPPA) to 8.75 MPPA. For this an estimated cost of Rs. 1360 crore will be spent.
Similarly, AAI has also commenced work for construction of 04 (four) numbers parking bays for A-320 type of aircraft at Jodhpur Airport.