More than a lakh passengers benefitted from the introduction of special trains

The onset of summer and the resultant holidaying, has led to a steep increase in passenger traffic in Coimbatore region.

Trains are running to capacity and there is a marginal increase in air passenger traffic as a result of the tourist season.

Due to its geographic location, Coimbatore continues to be one of the gateways to destinations in Kerala. The hill station Udhagamandalam also is a much sought after summer tourist destination.

With the closure of schools and colleges for summer and the soaring mercury, a sudden spurt in tourist inflow was seen in the region. Trains reservations were full and there were more air passengers arriving here.

According to sources in the commercial wing of the Southern Railway, Salem Division, the Southern Railway operates 15 pairs of trains on a weekly, bi-weekly, tri-weekly and daily basis on the Coimbatore – Chennai, Chennai – Mangalore, Ernakulam – Mangalore sections. Coimbatore alone has two trains terminating and originating from here.

More than a lakh passengers benefitted from the introduction of special trains during the months of April and May.

The special train services would continue till the second week of June. The operation of these services had eased pressure on road traffic to a considerable extent, sources pointed out.

Many of the omni bus operators could not hike their fares during this season as they used to do in the past, the sources said. The passenger traffic in domestic flights as well as international flights, also witnessed a marginal increase.

According to AAI sources, the Coimbatore Airport saw a steady growth in the number of passengers travelling. For example, in January this year, the passenger movement stood at 58,000 while in February it went down to 51,000. However, in March, the passenger movement increased to 53,000 and in April, it reached over 54,000. The numbers were expected to go up further.

Even cab operators pointed out that their vehicles were booked 24/7. The hospitality sector also vouched for the claims of the travel and tourism industry, with hotels attaining full occupancy levels. People travelling without a proper plan were caught unawares when they were denied rooms in hotels due to bookings made in advance.

Sources in the travel industry pointed out that the increase in tourist traffic would continue till the first week of June and thereafter, the trend was expected to prevail for another two to three weeks because of the college admission season.

  • Operation of train services has eased pressure on road traffic to a considerable extent

  • Passenger traffic in domestic as well as international flights witnessed marginal increase