10 Busiest Indian Airports and Interesting Facts About Them

Before travelling to India you must know that Indian aviation is a rapidly growing industry. It is growing by leaps and bounds and already one of the largest domestic civil aviation markets. Furthermore, you will be surprise to know that India has over 130 operational commercial airports. If India is your next destination then you know which one is the busiest? It will help you to choose your leaving point in India while booking the flights to India .

Indira Gandhi International Airport

Location: Delhi

Indira Gandhi International Airport is one of the busiest airports in India. It is spread over the area of 5,106 acres. So when you book flight from USA to India the more chances that your airplane will land here. You will surprise to know that there are plans to increase the capacity to 100 Million by 2030.

Interesting Facts

  1. The airport is named after the name of the former prime minister of India.
  2. It is the busiest aviation hub in the world, especially in South Asia.
  3. Besides that in 2010, IGIA is conferred the fourth best airport award in the world in the 15–25 million categories.
  4. Passengers‎: ‎18,528,272
  5. Cargo tonnage‎: ‎1,031,659

Cochin International Airport

Location: Kerala

Cochin airport is another busiest airport for passengers and cargo in India. Besides that, the airport has three terminals. One for domestic, second for international and third one is for cargo. In terms of international traffic in India, it is the fourth busiest airport.

Interesting Facts

  1. Passengers‎: ‎10,119,825
  2. Cargo tonnage‎: ‎90,446
  3. An interesting fact about Cochin International Airport is that it is the first airport in India developed under a public-private partnership (PPP).
  4. Furthermore, the airport has three passenger terminals and one cargo terminal.
  5. In addition to that total of 1,213 acres of land was acquired for the construction of the airport.

Pune International Airport

Location: Maharashtra

If you are flying to India then you must know that Pune International airport is one of the biggest and busiest ones. This airport also serves as both domestic and international flights.

Interesting Facts

  1. Passenger movements: 9,070,917
  2. Cargo tonnage: 59,109
  3. According to the data of 2010-11, this airport serves 8000 passengers in a day which is way too more than that now.
  4. Talking about air passengers it is the ninth busiest airport in India.

Dabolim Airport

Location: Goa

Dabolim airport was built in 1955 by the Government of the Estado da Índia Portuguesa. The airport is spread over the area of 1700 acres

Interesting Facts

  1. Passengers: 7,607,249
  2. Freight/Cargo in tones: 4,372
  3. It is the 10th busiest airport in India. Besides that, it serves both domestic and international flights.
  4. Along with being the busiest airport in the country, it is the best one also.
  5. It has two terminals one is for domestic flights and another one is for international flights.

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport

Location: Kolkata

This International Airport has two runways that handle traffic of up to 35 and 15 flights per hour respectively. When we see based on business this airport comes on 5th number in India. It is named after the name of Indian Prominent leader Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

Interesting Facts

  1. Passengers: 21,877,350
  2. Cargo tonnage: 163,323
  3. The airport was earlier known as Dum Dum Airport before.

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

Location: Mumbai

This airport was formerly known as Sahar International Airport. In terms of international passengers, it is the second busiest airport.

Interesting Facts

  1. Passengers: 49,877,918
  2. Cargo tonnage: 906,321
  3. This airport is named after the Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji (17th-century).
  4. Besides that, the airport is honored with the title of Best Improved Airport in the years 2014 and 2015.

Kempegowda International Airport

Location: Bengaluru

This one of the biggest and busiest airport is located in Bengaluru in the area of 4000 acres. It used to be known as Bangalore national airport earlier but renamed in February 2009.

Interesting Facts

  1. Passengers: 33,300,702
  2. Cargo tonnage: 3, 86,849
  3. Furthermore, this airport has become Karnataka’s first fully solar-powered airport developed by CleanMax Solar.
  4. Another point to be noted is that it is named after the founder of Bangalore Kempe Gowda 1.

Chennai International Airport

Location: Chennai

Chennai international airport is located in Meenambakkam and Tirusulam. It is at a distance of 21 km (13 mi) from the city center. In the fiscal year 2018-19, this airport handled over 22.5 million passengers. In terms of international traffic, it is 3rd busiest international airport.

Interesting Facts

Passengers:  22,543,822

Cargo tonnage: 411,613

It is one of the first airports in India.

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport

Location: Hyderabad

It is situated in Shamshabad which is 24 kilometers (15 mi) south of Hyderabad. In the fiscal year of 2018-19, this airport has served 21.4 million passengers. Also, note that this is named after the name of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. It is ranked in the 6th number if we see on the passenger’s traffic.

Interesting Facts

Passengers: 21,408,972

Cargo tonnage: 144,126

It is a single terminal airport. And still have a capacity of 12 million people every year.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport

Location: Ahmedabad

This major airport of India was named after the first deputy prime minister of India – Mr. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. In terms of traffic, it is the 7th busiest airport in India. Besides that, it was awarded as “Most improved airport” in the Asia-Pacific region by the Airports Council International in 2017. It has four terminals. One is for a domestic flight second is for the international third one is an additional terminal for secondary traffic and the fourth one is a cargo terminal.

Interesting Facts

Passengers: 11,172,468

Cargo tonnage: 91,633


1.> What is the busiest airport in India?

Ans:- Indira Gandhi International Airport

2.> Which state in India has highest number of airports?


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