Three years after the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) started operating the Airport Express Line, its daily ridership crossed the 50,000 mark for the first time Friday.
A DMRC spokesperson said Saturday, “The Airport Express Line of the Delhi Metro has recorded the highest ever ridership of 50,000 Friday. The overall ridership registered was 50,077. This is the first time that the Airport Line ridership crossed the 50,000 mark.”
The Airport Express Line has struggled with low ridership figures because of comparatively higher fares and low frequency of trains. According to official data, the DMRC had taken over operations of the Airport Express Line in July 2013, when the daily ridership was 10,069. It subsequently rose to nearly 12,000 in March 2014 and further to 19,466 a year later.
The ridership on the Airport Express Line is significantly lower than other lines of the DMRC. On the yellow line between Samaypur Badli and Huda City Centre, and the blue line between Dwarka and Noida City Centre/Vaishali, daily ridership on weekdays has crossed 10 lakh.
To attract more commuters to the Airport Express Line, DMRC had slashed fares by up to 50 per cent in September last year.