Number of Air Passengers Surged 9.2 Percent in 2023: TIA

January 14, 2024 | Investopaper

In 2023, Tribhuvan International Airport experienced a notable surge in air passenger numbers, with a total of 86,91,443 travelers—both domestic and international. This marks an increase from the 2022 figures, where 79,54,495 people took to the skies, reflecting a 9.2 percent year-on-year growth.

Before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the airport recorded 71,90,912 air passengers in 2018 and 73,27,031 in 2019. However, the most recent statistics reveal a remarkable upswing, particularly in international flights. Over the past year, the airport facilitated 45,41,137 international flights, indicating a substantial 30.18 percent surge compared to the previous year and a 4.5 percent increase compared to pre-pandemic 2018 levels—the highest ever reported.

The airport recorded 31,460 international flight landings in 2023, signifying a 29.40 percent increase from the previous year.

Conversely, domestic air travel experienced a slight dip, with 41,50,326 domestic air travelers—a 7.07 percent decrease from the previous year. General Manager Tiwari reported a 10.87 percent reduction in domestic flights, totaling 96,989 landings. Inland cargo arrivals, however, witnessed a positive trend, rising by 10.36 percent to reach 3,426,861 tons compared to the previous year.

At present, Tribhuvan International Airport hosts nine airlines and 12 helicopter companies operating domestically, serving 31 destinations in 16 countries.

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