Visakhapatnam, November 28: Visakhapatnam airport, ravaged by Hudhud on October 12, is well on the path to recovery, according to officials. There was a drop in passenger traffic by around 30,000 in the first month after the cyclone, but it is picking up and is estimated to reach the pre-cyclone average of around 1 lakh passengers a month soon. Traffic is also expected to go up with a few more airline operators expected to launch flights in the coming months.
Proposed routes Air Asia has sought slots for operation of two flights from Vizag to Bangalore. They are expected to begin operations from December 15. Air India has asked us for the schedule to operate the Delhi Port Blair flight via Vizag, Airport Director C Pattabhi said. He added, The third aerobridge is ready for operation. The aerobridges can be operated only after roofing work is complete. The roofing material is expected to arrive by November 30 after which it could take about one-and-a-half months for complete restoration of facilities at the new terminal. Silk Air, which operates a direct flight from Vizag to Singapore thrice a week, has resumed operations from November 16. Malindo is planning to operate direct flights thrice a week from Vizag to Malaysia from February 15, 2015. Though the airline operator has not made any formal announcement, passengers can log on the airline website to book their tickets. There is demand for an additional flight to Chennai in view of the high demand and flights to Ahmedabad and Goa.