Rising immigration from Uttar Pradesh to the Gulf countries has emerged as a key factor for the robust international air traffic growth in the state.
In 2017, UP had topped the list of Indian states in accounting for the maximum number of workers immigrating to the oil-rich Gulf countries.
While international air traffic grew by 8-10% in India over the last three years, UP clocked exponential growth of about 25% during the same period, air carrier Jet Airways deputy CEO and chief financial officer Amit Agarwal said here.
At the same time, the domestic air traffic from UP also posted high growth of 62% over the last three years owing to affordable air travel, greater air connectivity, growing business, leisure and religious travel.
"The aviation traffic from UP has been witnessing a strong and steady growth. We have identified UP as a key area for expansion given its huge untapped potential," Agarwal added. He also claimed the state government had been proactively taking steps to boost air travel by ramping up infrastructure, policies and taking industry into confidence.
"UP has made good progress under the regional connectivity scheme (RCS) and we are bullish on its growth potential," he added.
To a Business Standard query, Agarwal said the spike in crude oil prices had positively impacted the Gulf air traffic in recent months. He also said Kumbh Mela in Allahabad next year ...