Most Famous Airports in India

The first domestic air route in India was started in 1912 between Delhi and Karachi. India is known to be 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.

 Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), Delhi

2. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the second busiest airport in India after Delhi in terms of domestic and international passenger traffic numbers.

In 2020, BOM airport handled 45.87 million passengers. The international airport in Mumbai is one of the primary entry points in India, especially for passengers from the Middle East.

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai

3. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad was inaugurated in 2008. In 2019 this airport is known to be the sixth busiest airport in the country. The airport served about 21.65 million passengers in the fiscal year 2019-20.

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad

4. Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru

The new Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru was opened in the alternate of Devanhalli in 2008. Kempegowda International Airport is known as the fastest-growing airport in the world. 

It handled around 33.30 million passengers in the year 2018. It also has exclusive prayer areas for Hajj pilgrims and hot water for Wadu.

Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru

5. Annadurai International Airport, Chennai

It is the third busiest airport in the country in international traffic and cargo capacity in the country with average annual passenger traffic of 13 million in 2018. In the financial year 2020, the airport handled 22.27 million passengers.

Annadurai International Airport, Chennai

Other popular airports in India are:
  • Dabolim Airport, Goa
  • Kolkata International Airport, Kolkata
  • Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh
  • Srinagar International Airport, Srinagar
  • Shimla Airport, Shimla
  • Gaggal Airport, Kangra
  • Lengpui Airport, Mizoram
  • Veer Savarkar International Airport, Port Blair
  • Agatti Airport, Lakshadweep
  • Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati 

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