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Cochin airport maintains its position as third busiest airport in India in 2021

Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) has retained its position as the third busiest airport in India throughout 2021. According to the latest numbers released by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), CIAL stands third in the country in terms of international traffic.

The figures showed that the airport stood third in terms of international passenger traffic in December too, which cemented its third position for the entire 2021, reports The Hindu.

A communication from CIAL on Sunday said according to AAI data on international traffic for the month of December 2021, the Delhi Airport topped the list with 8,42,582 passengers and Mumbai handled 4,51,212 passengers. CIAL saw 3,01,338 international passengers during December 2021, whereas the Chennai Airport, which is at the fourth position, handled 2,46,387 international passengers.

CIAL handled a total of 43,06,661 passengers during the entire 2021. Of them, 18,69,690 were international passengers. CIAL’s passenger volume increased almost by a million in 2021 when compared to 2020, the communication added.

Airports in the country as a whole handled 25.12 million passengers in December 2021, compared to 23.23 million passengers in November. There were 19.64 million passengers in October, compared to 15.44 million in September and 14.26 million in August 2021. However, the growth in air passenger traffic has been slow since December-end because of the third wave of the pandemic. The country recorded 22.13 million domestic passengers in December, up from 20.72 million in November.


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