Passenger movement in North East India is said to be growing with each passing month
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Air traffic in NE on the rise with ease on restrictions: Airport Authority of India

AAI has notified that flight operations in Northeast have climbed up to almost 50% of pre-Corona numbers

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Guwahati: Flight operations in the Northeastern region of India have been inching towards normalcy, suggests the recent statement released by the regional headquarters, northeastern region of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Monday.

"Since the domestic flight operations resumed in the country, the airlines have slowly started their services to almost 50% pre-corona numbers adhering to all the health guidelines laid down by the state as well as the Central Govt," mentioned the statement.

The statement also posted numbers to demonstrate the steady rise in passenger movement with each passing month.

"It is a motivating figures for aviation in Northeast that during the month of July-August & September, as on July 10, altogether 86 flights operated in the North East Region which carried 5,625 passengers. Similarly on August 10, 92 flights moved 7,024 passengers at North East Airports. A month later the figures crossed hundred mark and on September 10, 102 flights catered 11,213 passenger movements at North East States," stated the press release.

A total of eight airports namely; Guwahati, Lilabari, Tezpur, Dibrugarh, Imphal, Dimapur, Silchar, Jorhat and Agartala have been operational in the aforementioned period.

In the past three months, the LGBI Airport in Guwahati had served the maximum number of passengers and had the most flight movement, informed J.T Radhakrishna, Regional Executive Director, AAI, North East Region.

"On July 10, Guwahati Airport handled 2,812 passengers while in August on the same date it had 4,060 passenger movements and on September 10, Guwahati Airport got 5,924 passengers," he added.

Guwahati is followed by Agartala, handling 866 passengers on July 10 which increased to 1,044 passengers on August and it further rises to 1765 passengers on September 10 specified the press statement.

Other Airports like Imphal saw 827 passengers on July 10, 600 passengers on August 10 and 1377 passengers on September 10. Similarly at Dibrugarh 432 passengers on July 10, and 799 passengers traveled on August 10 whereas on September 10 the figure reached 977 passengers. All airports had almost regular flight movements after the commercial flights were allowed to operate their services in the country, stated the press release.

With the ease in travel restrictions AAI expects to see more air traffic and are looking forward to serve more passengers with a hope to reach normal operating capacity soon.

"We are expecting more flights in the coming days as norms are being relaxed for air travelling in the country. The figures are growing and air traffic will soon be touching to normal operational capacity for airline as well as the airports in the region, which is an encouraging factor for us" said Radhakrishnan.

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