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The first domestic air route in India was started in 1912 between Delhi and Karachi. India is the third-largest domestic civil aviation market in the world after the USA and China. It has a total of 449 airports. AAI manages a total of 137 airports which include 24 International
airports, 10 Custom Airports, and
103 Domestic airports, As per the Airports Authority of India.
Here are some of the major airports in the country:
1. Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), Delhi
The international airport in Delhi underwent a major upgrade in 2006. Delhi’s IGI Airport is the 17th busiest airport in the world and the 6th busiest airport in Asia by passenger traffic handling nearly 70 million passengers in 2015. The airport is under construction to increase its capacity to handle 100 million passengers by 2030.[
2. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the second busiest airport in the country in the first ten months of FY 21. The international airport in Mumbai is one of the primary entry points in India, especially for passengers from the Middle East. The glass walls, golden-hued entryway, high ceilings, and a beautiful white-colored roof is specialty to the airport's charm and beauty.
3. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad
RGI Airport in Hyderabad was inaugurated in 2008. In 2019 this airport is known to be as the sixth busiest airport in the country. The airport served about 21.65 million passengers in fiscal year 2019-20.
4. Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru
The new Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru was opened in alternate of Devanhalli in 2008. This airport is the third busiest airport in the country. It handled around 33.30 million passengers in the calendar year 2018. It also has exclusive prayer areas for Hajj pilgrims and hot water for Wadu.
5. Annadurai International Airport, Chennai
It is the third busiest airport in the country in international traffic and cargo capacity in the country. In financial year 2020, the airport handled 22.27 million passengers. It also received the Airport of the Year award in the year 2012 for cargo handling.