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UPSC CURRENT AFFAIRS | AVIATION UPTURN SEES NEW TRENDS: TOURISM ROUTES POPULAR; CURBS IN CHINA BENEFIT INDIA GOA, SRINAGAR AMONG TOP DESTINATIONS | 18TH JULY | INDIAN EXPRESS

SYLLABUS SECTION: GS III (ECONOMY)

WHY IN THE NEWS TOURISM ROUTES?

The steady recovery in India’s commercial aviation sector has lifted upturn traffic to near pre-Covid levels—but with a clear realignment in capacities and Tourism Routes.

KEY FINDINGS:

Domestic Tourism:

  • The numbers show a push for tourism routes and direct connectivity to smaller airports.
  • Destinations such as Srinagar and Goa have seen significant capacity addition by airlines, which underlines the “revenge travel trend” after the Covid curbs.
  • Summer schedule also saw the addition of direct connections to Srinagar from non-metro cities such as Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.
  • The increasing direct connectivity to smaller airports Tourism Routes.
  • Domestic passenger traffic continues to inch closer to 2019 levels.

International Tourism:

  • At the same time, international passenger traffic for Indian carriers has already surpassed pre Covid levels with airlines that were dependent on China and the far-east now looking at other geographies, including India
  • India reverted to the pre-Covid scheduled operations and bilateral capacity agreements fromMarch27thisyear
  • Foreign airlines that were dependent on China and the far-east for a meaningful portion of their traffic are now looking at other geographies, such as India and the US, to deploy surplus capacities.

SOURCE: INDIAN EXPRESS

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