Do you know India’s fastest growing international airport?
Not many do as it’s tucked away in Tamil Nadu on a land space that is a fraction of what Mumbai and Delhi’s airports take up. Despite being overlooked by a lot international carriers, Trichy has become the fastest growing airport in India.
Here are some facts about Trichy Airport:
- International passenger traffic in this southern town grew 382% to 773,423 between 2006-07 and 2012-13
- The new passenger terminal was built at a cost of Rs 80 crore spreads across 126,000 square feet (Mumbai covers 4.4m feet)
- Trichy has the shortest runway among the top 15 airports in the country spreading 8,136 feet
- 600 passengers from Trichy travel to Kuala Lumpur and around 400 to Singapore every day
- Growth can be attributed to airlines like AirAsia, discovering the airport in 2008 as an alternative to Chennai
- The town gets international traffic from more than 15 towns which don’t have international airports
- Doesn’t have runways wide enough for double-aisle aircraft
Southern India is often growing at a faster rate than the overall economy in India. Is it time for other airlines to take notice of Trichy and for the airport to begin expansion?