Aviation industry of India is experiencing an astounding growth in the last few years. It has become the third-largest domestic civil aviation market in the world with more than 100 million passenger traffic during the financial year 2016-17. A lot of measures have been adopted for the upgradation and expansion of the Indian airports. Currently, more than 25 out of the 50 busiest Indian airports in India are functioning beyond their capacity. There is a possibility that some other airports like Delhi, Lucknow, Kolkata, Goa, and Chennai will also reach their full capacity by the end of 2018. This will lead to an unanticipated growth of 18-20% in the aviation industry. According to these latest trends, it is predicted that the number of passengers will go up to 7.2 billion a year by 2034 making India the largest aviation market in the world by 2026. Below are the top 10 busiest airports in India in terms of the total passenger traffic, aircraft and cargo movements during the financial year 2017-18. This list is based on the annual data which was published by the Airports Authority of India.
1. Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi
In 2017, this airport stood at the 16th position among the busiest airports in the world and occupied the 7th place among the busiest airports in Asia in terms of passenger traffic.
It is also the busiest airport for Airbus A320 aircraft in the world. There are plans being made to increase the capacity of the airport to manage 100 million passengers by 2030.
Passenger Movements: 65,691,662
Aircraft Movements: 441,299
Cargo Movements: 963,032 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 during the financial year 2017-18. In 2017, it stood at the 14th position among the busiest airports in Asia and at the 29th position among the busiest airports in the world for passenger traffic.
Passenger Movements: 48,496,430
Aircraft Movements: 320,689
Cargo Movements: 906,321 tonnes
3. Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru
It was also the 34th busiest airport in Asia in 2017. The airport served more than 25.04 million passengers in 2017 with over 600 aircraft movements a day. This airport is the first fully solar-powered airport in the Karnataka state developed by CleanMax Solar.
Passenger Movements: 26,910,431
Aircraft Movements: 196,560
Cargo Movements: 348,403 tonnes
4. Chennai International Airport, Chennai
Chennai International Airport is located in Tirusulam, 21 km away from the city of Chennai. It is the fourth busiest airport in India in terms of the passenger traffic, aircraft and cargo movements in India during the financial year 2017-18. In 2017, it was also named as the 50th busiest airport in Asia. More than 20 million passengers were handled by this airport during the fiscal year 2017-18.
Passenger Movements: 20,361,482
Aircraft Movements: 155,123
Cargo Movements: 417,787 tonnes
5. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata
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 during the financial year 2017-18. The airport managed nearly 20 million passengers during this period. This airport attracts the major air traffic in the eastern part of the country.
Though this airport stands on the fifth 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 financial year 2017-18.
Passenger Movements: 19,892,524
Aircraft Movements: 148,802
Cargo Movements: 163,323 tonnes
6. 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 sixth place among the busiest Indian airports by passenger traffic and cargo movements during the financial year 2017-18. The airport provided its aviation services to about 18.2 million passengers during the financial year 2017-18.
Passenger Movements: 18,156,789
Aircraft Movements: 1,49,581
Cargo Movements: 134,141 tonnes
7. Cochin International Airport, Kerala
Cochin International Airport, situated at Nedumbassery in the Kerala state, is the largest and the busiest airport in Kerala. During the financial year 2017-18, it handled almost 10.2 million passengers and occupies the seventh place in the overall air traffic of India. In 2017, the airport catered to 63.86% of the total air passenger movement in Kerala.
Passenger Movements: 10,172,839
Aircraft Movements: 68,772
Cargo Movements: 90,446 tonnes
8. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Ahmedabad
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport majorly serves the cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar in Gujarat. During the fiscal year 2017-18, the airport managed almost 9.2 million passengers making it the eighth-busiest airport in terms of the passenger traffic, aircraft movements, and cargo handling in India.
Passenger Movements: 9,174,425
Aircraft Movements: 63,129
Cargo Movements: 76,274 tonnes
9. Pune Airport, Pune
Pune Airport stands at the 9th place among the busiest airports in India during the financial year 2017-18. It was accessed by more than 8 million passengers in 2017. 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: 8,164,840
Aircraft Movements: 56,021
Cargo Movements: 41,566 tonnes
10. Dabolim Airport or Goa International Airport
Dabolim Airport or Goa International Airport occupies the 10th position among the busiest airports in India with over 50000 flights handled in 2017. These flights included scheduled, chartered and seasonal ones. The airport catered to more than 7.6 million passengers during the fiscal year 2017-18. After the inauguration of its new terminal in 2013, this airport handled almost 7.6 passengers every year.
Passenger Movements: 7,607,249
Aircraft Movements: 50,567
Cargo Movements: 4,372 tonnes