Civil aviation has reached so far in India that today it is counted in the third largest aviation market in the world. Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata is the father of Indian Civil Aviation. A lot of airports in India are under construction.
Nearly, more than 120 million passengers book domestic flight tickets every year and if passengers flying on international routes are added to this, then this number increases to more than 180 million.
The last two years were really tough for the world due to the coronavirus but now as the cases reduce, people have started travelling across the country.
Below are the top 10 busiest airports in India in terms of the total passenger traffic, aircraft and cargo movements during the financial year 2022-23:
1. Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi
Indira Gandhi International Airport has become the second busiest airport in the world. The passenger traffic and cargo movements are very high at the IGI airport. The Indira Gandhi International Airport is the first most busiest airport of India.
There are plans being made to increase the capacity of the airport to manage a million passengers by 2030.
Passenger Movements: 39,339,998
Aircraft Movements: 6,521,605
Cargo Movements: 924,343 tonnes
2. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is the second busiest airport in terms of passenger and cargo traffic in India. Nearly 50 Million people travel through the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
Passenger Movements: 2,11,57,583
Aircraft Movements: 2,19,973
Cargo Movements: 592,966 tonnes
3. Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru
Kempegowda International Airport occupies the third place among the busiest airports in the country by passenger traffic during the financial year 2022-23
The airport served more than 18 million passengers in 2022 with over 148,041 aircraft movements a day. It is the 29th busiest airport. This airport is the first fully solar-powered airport in the Karnataka state developed by CleanMax Solar.
Passenger Movements: 16,287,097
Aircraft Movements: 11,01,152
Cargo Movements: 411,550 tonnes
4. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is located in Shamshabad, 22 kilometers away from the city of Hyderabad. This airport stands at the fourth place among the busiest Indian airports by passenger traffic and cargo movements during the financial year 2022-23.
Passenger Movements: 1,24,29,796
Aircraft Movements: 113,926
Cargo Movements: 140,75 tonnes
5. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, located in Kolkata comes fifth in the list of the busiest airports in India in terms of passenger traffic. The airport manages nearly 20 million passengers during this period. This airport attracts major air traffic in the eastern part of the country.
Though this airport stands on the sixth place among the busiest Indian airports in terms of passenger and cargo movements, it also witnessed a slight fall in the aircraft movements in comparison to the aircraft movements at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport during the year.
Passenger Movements: 7,728,906
Aircraft Movements: 72,170
Cargo Movements: 104,593 tonnes
6. Chennai International Airport, Chennai
Chennai International Airport is located in Tirusulam, 21 km away from the city of Chennai. It is the fourth busiest and best regional airport in India. It was also named as the 45th busiest airport in Asia. More than 30 million passengers are handled by this airport.
Passenger Movements: 95,33,301
Aircraft Movements: 91,602
Cargo Movements: 349,964 tonnes
7. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Ahmedabad
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport majorly serves the cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar in Gujarat. The airport managed almost 10 million passengers making it the seventh busiest airport in terms of the passenger traffic, aircraft movements, and cargo handling in India.
Passenger Movements: 5,670,896
Aircraft Movements: 40,209
Cargo Movements: 60,749 tonnes
8. Dabolim Airport or Goa International Airport
Dabolim Airport or Goa International Airport occupies the 10th position among the busiest airports in India. Over 50000+ flights land in goa. These flights included scheduled, chartered and seasonal ones. The airport handles more than 7.6 million passengers every year. Currently the second airport in Goa is under construction.
Passenger Movements: 2,890,545
Aircraft Movements: 22,141
Cargo Movements: 3,965 tonnes
9. Cochin International Airport, Kerala
Cochin International Airport, situated at Nedumbassery in Kerala state, is the largest and the 9th busiest airport in Kerala. It handles almost 10.2 million passengers and occupies the 9th place in the overall air traffic of India. In 2022, the airport catered to 62.3% of the total air passenger movement in Kerala.
Passenger Movements: 2,458,458
Aircraft Movements: 24,912
Cargo Movements: 42,776 tonnes
10. Pune Airport, Pune
Pune Airport stands at the 10th place among the busiest airports in India. It is accessed by more than 9 million passengers. A part of this airport comes under the Indian Air Force. It has two runways but only one is used for the purpose of flights, the other is utilized for the movements of military aircraft.
Passenger Movements: 2,137,859
Aircraft Movements: 19,831
Cargo Movements: 26,419 tonnes