The Metro’s Airport Express line on Friday surpassed its daily ridership mark of 50,000 for the first time since the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) took over the corridor in 2013.
“The Airport Express line of the Delhi Metro recorded the highest ever ridership of 50,000 on August 12. The overall ridership registered was 50,077. This is the first time its ridership crossed 50,000,” said an official of Delhi Metro.
The Express line connects the New Delhi Railway Station with Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
According to Metro officials, when DMRC took over operations of the Airport Express line in July 2013 from Reliance, the daily ridership figure was 10,069 on the 23-km corridor.
“The ridership had since then increased from 12,000 in March 2014 to 19,466 in 2015 and finally crossing the 50,000-mark,” the official added.
In their bid to popularise the line, the DMRC had reduced the fares by up to 50 per cent in September last year. As per the current fare structure, the minimum single journey fare on the corridor is Rs 10 and the maximum is Rs 60.