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NEW DELHI : Metro cities are seeing a surge in air traffic, as domestic passenger demand revives following the second wave of covid-19, according to data from the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

Indian airports catered to 19.64 million passengers in October, up from 15.44 million in September and 14.26 million in August.

International passengers in October rose to 2.2 million, from 1.69 million in September and 1.29 million in August, while domestic passenger traffic grew to 17.42 million in October, up from 13.75 million in September and 12.97 million in August.

New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Hyderabad were the top airports in terms of domestic traffic, while New Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Chennai and Hyderabad were the busiest for international traffic during October.

New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport saw more than 3.4 million domestic passengers in October, up from 2.76 million in September.

Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport recorded about 2 million passengers during October, up from 1.49 million in September.

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport and Kolkata’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport registered 1.6 million and 1.2 million domestic passengers, respectively, during October, against 1.2 million and 0.86 million passengers, respectively, in September.

Scheduled airlines in India were till the first half of October allowed to sell up to 85% of their pre-covid capacity on domestic flights. The restriction on capacity on the domestic front was removed from 18 October. In terms of international passenger traffic, New Delhi recorded 646,268 passengers in October, up from 461,495 in September, while Mumbai recorded 310,370 passengers in October, up from 234,963 during the previous month.

Kochi and Chennai airports registered 222,192 and 156,703 international passengers, respectively, during October, up from 193,834 and 117,302 passengers during September.

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