Mangaluru, Dec 08, 2023: n a significant achievement, Mangaluru International Airport witnessed a record-breaking month in November, handling a staggering 178,314 passengers—marking the highest monthly figure in the current fiscal year.
The substantial growth, reflecting a 10.3% increase over October 2023, showcases the airport’s resilience and strategic importance in regional air travel.
This remarkable milestone includes 132,762 domestic and 45,552 international passengers. Notably, the airport has successfully managed 1,286,207 passengers in the first eight months of the current fiscal year, demonstrating consistent growth compared to 1,195,499 passengers in the corresponding period last year.
The surge in passenger numbers aligns seamlessly with the commencement of the winter schedule on October 29, 2023. Additional flights on key routes, such as Mangaluru-Bengaluru, Mangaluru-Chennai, and Mangaluru-Mumbai, have played a pivotal role in sustaining this upward trend. The steady influx of chartered flights in the general aviation sector has further contributed to the airport’s passenger growth, according to a spokesperson.
November witnessed the highest number of air traffic movements (ATMs) at the airport in the current fiscal, totaling 1,298 movements, up from 1,222 ATMs in October 2023. Notably, the airport has maintained a growth trajectory in passenger numbers despite a slight dip in ATMs compared to the same period last fiscal year.
From April to November 2023, the airport handled an average of 160,780 passengers each day, marking a substantial increase from 149,438 passengers in the corresponding period last year. The daily average for November reached 5,944 passengers, with a peak of 7,468 passengers on November 25. In August, the airport had already achieved the second-highest monthly passenger count in the current fiscal year, handling 167,887 passengers.
This outstanding performance underscores Mangaluru International Airport’s role as a key transportation hub, fostering regional connectivity and contributing significantly to the growth of air travel in the region.