Aviation is a swiftly growing industry in India that contribute significantly in the growth of the country by generating revenue. In the present era of globalization, connectivity and transportation have became really important. Aircraft is the fastest means of transporation and the number of air passengers is increasing rapidly with the passage of time.
There are more than 100 airports in India, which are managed by Airport Authority of India, a government organization responsible for management of air traffic and civil aviation infrastructure in India. Out of all airports, 17 are International Airports, which offers flights to other countries apart from domestic flights.
Among all international airports in India, Indira Gandhi International Airport of Delhi is the busiest international airport in India and handles more than 4 Crore Passengers every year. In this post, we have listed the busiest international airports in the country, which handle a large number of passengers every year and provide world class facilities. So, here is the list of Top 10 busiest International Airports in India:
|S.No||Airport||International Passengers||Domestic Passengers||Total Passengers|
|1.||IGIA, Delhi||1.35 Crore||2.74 Crore||4.09 Crore|
|2.||CSIA, Mumbai||1.14 Crore||2.52 Crore||3.66 Crore|
|3.||KIA, Bangalore||29.32 Lakh||1.24 Crore||1.54 Crore|
|4.||Chennai International Airport||47.07 Lakh||95.92 Lakh||1.42 Crore|
|5.||NSCBIA, Kolkata||19.26 Lakh||89.9 Lakh||1.09 Crore|
|6.||RGIA, Hyderabad||27.98 Lakh||76.05 Lakh||1.04 Crore|
|7.||Cochin International Airport||37.51 lakh||26.62 Lakh||64.14 Lkah|
|8.||SVPIA, Ahmedabad||12.16 Lakh||38.34 Lakh||50.5 Lakh|
|9.||Goa International Airport||6.13 Lakh||39 Lakh||45.1 Lakh|
|10.||Pune Airport||1.22 Lakh||40.67 Lakh||41.9 Lakh|
1. Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), Delhi
Among all international airports in the country, Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is the busiest international airport and handled 4.09 Crore Passengers in the last financial year. IGIA is managed by Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), a constrium of GMR Group, Airport Authority of India, Fraport and Malaysia Airports.
Winner of Golden Peacock National Quality Award and Best Airport in the World in the category of 25-40 Million Passengers, IGIA is among the best international airports in the world, which delivers excellent facilities to passengers. IGIA has 3 terminals, 3 runways and more than 70 Airlines serve this airport.
Spread in an area of more than 5,000 acres, IGIA handled more than 1.35 Crore International Passengers and over 2.7 Crore Domestic Passengers between April 2015 and March 2015. Also, IGIA is among the few international airports in India that uses system called Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM), which helps in air traffic control and makes landings and takeoffs accurate in time.
Total Passengers: 4.09 Crore
2. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), Mumbai
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) is an important airport in the country and stand at 2nd place in the list of top 10 busiest international airports in India. Spread in an area of more than 750 hectares, CSIA handles more than 3 Crore Passengers and over 70,000 aircraft movements annually, which makes it the second busiest airport in India.
CSIA has 2 runways, out of which one has length of 3,660 metres and the second runway has a length of 2,990 metres. Apart from being the second busiest airport in the country, CSIA is also handles the largest cargo traffic in the country and in the last financial year, CSIA handled more than 4.8 Lakh Tonnes of freight.
Total Passengers: 3.66 Crore
3. Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore
Kempegowda International Airport, also known as Bangalore International Airport is the third busiest airport in India and in the last financial year, it handled more than 1.5 Crore passengers. Managed by Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), the construction of the airport was started in the year 2005 and completed in the year 2008.
Spread in an area of more than 4,500 acres, Kempegowda International Airport has one terminals, one runway of 4,000 metres length, 38 gates, 20 aero-bridges and a parking capacity of 2000 vehicles. It is an important airport in South India and more than 40 Passenger and Cargo Airlines serve this airport.
Total Passengers: 1.54 Crore
4. Chennai International Airport
Chennai International Airport is the next airport in this list, which is the fourth busiest airport in the country and in the last year, it handled 1.42 Crore Passengers. Out of 1.42 Crore passengers, 47.07 Lakh were International Passengers and 95.92 Lakh were Domestic Passengers.
Spread in an area of more than 1,200 acres Chennai International Airport has three terminals and two runways. With more than 300 aircraft movements per day, Chennai International Airport is an important airport and more than 50 Passenger and Cargo Airlines serve this airport.
Total Passengers: 1.42 Crore
5. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata is ranked 5th in the list of top 10 busiest international airports in India. Spread in an area of more than 2,400 acres, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is an important airport in the eastern part of India.
Total Passengers: 1.09 Crore
6. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad
Winner of Golden Peacock Environment Management Award, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad is the sixth busiest airport in the country. Built in an area of more than 5,000 acres, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport was opened in the year 2008.
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport has one terminal with an area of more than 1 Lakh square metre, which offers various facilities including parking facility of more than 1,500 cars. The airport also has a cargo terminal, which has a capacity to handle 1 Lakh Metric Tonnes of cargo annually.
Total Passengers: 1.04 Crore
7. Cochin International Airport
7th position on this list is occupied by Cochin International Airport, the largest airport in Kerala, which was opened in the year 1999. Cochin International Airport has 3 terminals and in the last financial year, the total number of passengers handled by the airport was 64.14 Lakh.
Total Passengers: 64.14 Lakh
8. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Ahmedabad
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Ahmedabad has occupied 8th place in the list of top 10 busiest international airports in India. Last year, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport handled 50.5 Lakh Passengers and out of them 12.16 Lakh were International Passengers and the rest were domestic passengers.
It has 4 terminals, 1 runway of 3,599 metres and more than 15 Passenger and Cargo airlines serve this airport. This airport in the last financial year handled freight of more than 17,000 Tonnes.
Total Passengers: 50.5 Lakh
9. Goa International Airport
Goa International Airport is next on this list, which was constructed in the year 1955. Spread in an area of more than 680 acres, Goa International Airport has two terminals. Goa is a popular tourist destination and more than 15 passenger airlines serve this airport.
Total Passengers: 45.1 Lakh
10. Pune Airport
10th position on this list is occupied by Pune Airport, which has a single runway with length of 2,535 metres. It is the tenth busiest airport in the country and in the last financial year, the total number of passengers handled by the airport was 41.9 Lakh.
Total Passengers: 41.9 Lakh