With international borders finally open and regular international flights reinstated, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) witnessed around 6.3 lakh passenger movements in the first month. From March 27 to April 27, 2022, Mumbai Airport witnessed nearly 120 daily movements to a total of 41 international destinations.
The first month witnessed a total of around 2.8 lakh international passengers arriving and around 3.5 lakh international passengers departing from CSMIA. Dubai as a destination scored the top position with approximately 1.62 lakh passengers travelling in a month. While Abu Dhabi and Singapore, ranked second and third, witnessed high passenger traffic from CSMIA with 0.43 lakh and 0.40 lakh passenger movement respectively.
For the same time period, a total of 3720 movements to the international routes were observed. IndiGo, Air India and Emirates emerged as the top airlines catering to the highest international passenger traffic to and from CSMIA.
Pre-pandemic, of the total 51 international destinations to which CSMIA catered, 44.8 per cent were Middle Eastern countries, 25.8 per cent Asia Pacific countries, 20 per cent European countries, 5.9 per cent to African countries and 3.5 per cent America based destinations.
Moreover, CSMIA also flagged off its summer schedule on March 27 with approx. 5000 weekly domestic and international flights. This new schedule is set to see an increase of 111 per cent over the operating roster of FY21 from CSMIA. CSMIA’s summer schedule is curated to suit the growing traffic, with almost a 70 per cent rise in the number of flights compared to approx. 418 daily traffic schedule of 2021. From March 27 2022, all international passengers are required to show only their vaccination certificates to travel internationally, while those without a double vaccination certificate would require a negative RTPCR test report taken not less than 72 hours before boarding the flight. Whereas passengers departing from Mumbai will continue to abide by the norms laid down by the destination country.