The international passenger traffic from Cochin International Airport Ltd has registered 11.75 per cent increase for the nine months ending December 2012 compared to the corresponding previous period.

The total number of departing passengers (international) increased to 10,92,097 for April-December 2012 compared to 9,67,430 in the corresponding period.

The number of arrivals clocked 11,06,454 (9,99,866).

The total passenger movement was 21,98,551 compared to 19,67,296.

During the period, two domestic carriers - IndiGO and SpiceJet - started flying to Dubai from Kochi.

International passenger traffic from CIAL is mainly skewed towards the West Asia.

The passenger profile comprises non-resident Keralites in the Gulf region.

A.C.K. Nair, CIAL Director, said that even though it may be a bit premature to arrive at firm conclusions, the increase in passenger movement could probably be an indicator signalling a revival in economic activity and improving business sentiments in the Gulf. On the domestic front, he said, the passenger movement has seen a dip of nearly 9.8 per cent for the nine month period. The number of non-scheduled flights increased to 475 against 265 in the previous period which is an increase of almost 80 per cent, he added.

(This article was published on January 16, 2013)
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