A developing country India has been also growing in the field of aviation, in the past few years, India has become one of the largest civil aviation in the markets all over the world. India has world’s 3rd largest aviation market in the world. The first commercial flight took off from Allahabad on 18th February 1911. Since then the journey of India in the civil aviation market has been improving dynamically.
Recently India has approx 132 airports and 22 national airlines. Every year more than 12 million passengers book their cheap domestic flights for travel, if we add international travelers then the number inflacts approximately 180 million.
If you wish to know more about the top airports of India, which airport is the biggest airport in India, which one is the largest or busiest, you are at the right platform.
So, just have a look over the top 10 biggest airports in India and other details.
On the top list of busiest airport in India is Indira Gandhi International airport, located in New Delhi, the capital of India. In 2020 IGI airport became the 12th busiest airport across the world. IGI is also the biggest airport of India which has three terminals & longest runways.
There are three runways at this airport, which has a stretching of 4430 feets each runway. It is considered the longest runway of India. Apart from that there are 3 terminals at this airport. The capacity of T1C-D is about to increase. Now it is connected with the Orange line of Delhi Metro via Airport express, T1C-D is also connected to National highway 48.
Expansion of IGI over an area of 5,106 acres. Area wise Indira Gandhi International airport is the biggest airport in india.
On the basis of passenger traffic & cargo traffic, IGI is also the busiest airport in india. In FY 20-21 this airport handled approx 22,583,736 passengers.
Indira Gandhi international airport has several amenities for passengers. Currency exchange counter is available at terminal 1 & terminal 3 departure. ATMs of Allahabad bank, Punjab national bank, Indusland bank, Yes bank & Kotak Mahindra bank are available at the Terminal 3 departures and arrivals.
There are various shopping and eating options available at the airport and outside of the airport.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International airport has been ranked as the second busiest airport in india. The area of Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport is about 750 hectares. Recently this airport has been awarded as “best airport for Customer Experience” all over Asia-PAcific by Airports Council International.
This international airport has two terminals. Terminal 1 used for low cost domestic flights & Terminal 2 used for dometic as well international flights. Recently, in Terminal 2 “Jaya He GVK” new museum has opened which showcases Indian history & culture via its more than 5000 exhibits.
There are various options for shopping & dining at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. KFC, street foods, Zambar, Subway, Madras coffee house, Faasos, starbucks etc are the best options which passengers can try at terminal 1. At terminal 2 arrivals Nykaa, Relay, sunglasses hut etc are the best option for shopping. Passengers can spend some quality time at newly opened museum “Jaya He GVK” Advanced life support ambulances are 24x7 available at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj international airport. There are baby nursing rooms and diaper changing stations available. State bank ATM, Citibank, Kotak Mahendra etc, have their ATMs at Mumbai international airport.
The third biggest airport in India is Kempegowda international airport. This airport is located in Bengaluru. This airport was inaugurated in 2008 and now has become the third busiest airport in India by passenger traffic. Kempegowda International airport has only one runway & terminal, yet it handles approx 10.91 million passengers in 2020 along with 311 aircraft movements. This airport is the 29th busiest airport in Asia. Currently Kempegowda international airport is undergoing expansion plans followed by this plan a new terminal & runway is being constructed to expand its capacity.
The expansion of Kempegowda airport is over 4,000 acres & gate 25-26 at the international area of the terminal has special design to cater the world’s largest airline “Mammoth Airbus A380.”
This airport named “Kempegowda” on the honor of Bengaluru founder “Kempe Gowda.” KIA has won the title of “Best regional airport of Asia & Central India.” In the state of Karnataka KempeGowda is the first fully solar powered airport.
National Highway 44 is directly connected with this airport, which connects this airport to the main city directly. The major airlines that take off to & from Kempegowda are Air Asia, Air India, Indigo, Alliance Air.
At the Kempegowda International Airport lot’s of shopping and eating options are available. Passengers can use free Wi-Fi for 45 minutes. Sleeping pods are available at the airport. At terminal 1, there is a pay per use lounge. At the domestic terminal you can enjoy Italian food, ATMs, telephone booths are also available for passenger’s use
Hyderabad is one of the most visited cities of India, specially by businesspersons because it is a strong IT hub & tourists because of its rich cultural heritage. To handle 18 millions of passengers every year, Hyderabad has “Rajiv Gandhi international airport,” located in Shamshabad. By handling more than 8,048,248 passengers in the fiscal year 2020-21, this airport has become the fourth busiest airport in India.
Area wise Rajiv Gandhi International airport is the largest airport of India, as this airport has expansion over approx. 5945 acres. This airport has one passenger terminal, one cargo terminal and two runways.
Rajiv Gandhi international airport allows travelers to meet their relatives & friends during layover, because it's airport village is located outside of arrivals areas. Apart from that, this airport is undergoing construction to increase its capacity to handle more than 40 million passengers every year to fulfill increased demand for air tickets to Hyderabad.
Rajiv Gandhi international airport is only one airport which has secured its place in the list of Top 10 Air Help’s all over the world.
RGIA serves as the hub for passenger airlines SpiceJet, TruJet, Air India, IndiGo, Go Air & Alliance air India and for cargo which are Blue dart aviation, Lufthansa Cargo & Quikjet cargo.
There are several facilities available at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. Passengers can wait if they reach early in the recliners at departure, free Wi-Fi is available for 2 hours inside its premises. At this airport medical service is 24x7 available at the medical care center which has approx 17 beds. There are 15 baby care rooms available over here.
Opened in 1924, the oldest airport & the largest airport in India, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is spread over an area of 1,641 acres, located in Dum Dum Kolkata.
The former name of this airport was Dum Dum airport which is also known as Kolkata airport in India. In 1995, Dum Dum airport was renamed in the honor of a great leader of the freedom movement of India “Subhas Chandra Bose.”
By handling more than 7,728,906 passengers in fiscal year 20-21 NSCB airport has become the fifth busiest airport in India. This airport has won the award of “Best Improved Airport” in Asia-Pacific region by Airport Council International in 2014 & 2015. In 2020 it was awarded as the best airport by the measures of hygiene in the Asia-Pacific region by Airport Council International followed by handling approx 20 million passengers annually. This airport has two parallel runways and a newly inaugurated L-shaped terminal which has six levels followed by a capacity of handling 25 million passengers annually.
Currently NSCB offers its service to domestic airlines which are Vistara, Go First, Indigo, Airasia, SpiceJet, Air India & for international airlines which are Air India, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Biman Bangladesh, Bhutan Airlines, Myanmar Airways International, Cathay Dragon, Silk Air, Singapore Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Thai Airways.
At the Kolkata airport, there is free Wi-Fi, child care room, lounge, medical assistance, ATMS, prayer room, post office, pharmacy, spa, currency exchange and smoking lounge. For disable travelers there is a facility for wheelchairs. Duty free shops and restaurants.
On the list of top 50 airports in India, Chennai international airport had 4th rank, by terms of passenger traffic and cargo movements seven year ago but now it is on sixth rank.. This airport is the sixth busiest airport in India & 49th busiest airport in Asia by the year 2021.
In the fiscal year 2021 Chennai airport handled approx 5,495,707 passengers. For south India and southeast Asia this airport is an important gateway.
Chennai international airport has two adjacent runways which are linked through administrative offices & housing restaurants. This airport is India’s first airport which has aerobridges at domestic terminals. As well as this airport has its own station on Chennai Metro network which connects the city center.
At Chennai airport it is all set to be India's first Satellite terminal at T6, that will handle approx. 40 million passengers every year.
Flights from New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Bangalore, Kolkata & Dubai, Colombo, Kuala, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Abu Dhabi and other major domestic & international cities connect to Chennai airport.
At the Chennai airport wheelchairs are available for disable persons on rent. Health and medical emergency services are 24x7 available for travelers. There are restrooms available at this airport, vending machines are available for tourists. You can take a rest in the restroom if your next flight has enough time to depart.
The seventh busiest airport in India is “Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, located in Hansol, handling 9 million passengers every year. From the last two years SVPI airport has secured this place by beating Pune international airport. In fiscal year 20-21 this airport handled 3,642,413 passengers that’s why in terms of passenger traffic and cargo movements SVPI is 7th busiest airport in India.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel airport has spread over an area of 928.59 acres, it has a single runway of a stretch of 3,505 meters as well as four terminals, which are used for international passenger traffic and cargo movements. Currently this airport has two terminals in service, T1 for domestic traffic & T2 for international & domestic traffic, both terminals are interconnected by a travelator which is 500 meters long.
This airport has been providing its service since 1937 and since 1991 it became the transit hub for international flights.
In 2017 Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport was awarded as the “Most Improved Airport” for Asia-Pacific region by Airport Council International. In the honor of our first Deputy Prime Minister “Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel” this airport got its name.
SVPI airport is a hub for TruJet airline and focused city for IndiGo and Go First. Flights from New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Jaipur, Srinagar, Varanasi, Guwahati, Chandigarh, Chennai, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Kolkata & Dubai, Colombo, London, Kuala, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Abu Dhabi and other major domestic & international cities connected to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport.
In Ahmedabad airport there are various facilities including free Wi-Fi in the lounge for visitors. Childcare rooms are available at this airport. You can take a rest in the restroom, Currency exchange and cafeteria are available at the Ahmedabad airport. ATMs of various banks are available where you can visit in case of emergency to withdraw cash.
Medical assistance is available at both places T1 & T2 of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport. While waiting for your flight, you can purchase some perfumes or other things from duty free shops. At this airport postal services are also available.
In 1955, Dabolim international airport was constructed by Portugues, function as civilian airport & airbase for the Indian Navy both. This airport is operated by the airport authority of India & owned by the Indian Navy.
By handling more than 2,890,545 passengers in FY 20-21, Dabolim international airport became the eighth busiest airport in India. Located in Dabolim, just 30 Km away from the state capital Panji, Dabolim airport is spread over an area of 1,700 acres. Area wise this airport is one of the largest airport in India.
The new terminal of Dabolim airport was inaugurated in 2013, to handle domestic & international traffic both. The terminal building design features aesthetic glass, frameless glazing and large steel span structures. This 36,000 square metre terminal is designed to cater to five million passengers annually.
At the Goa airport there are various ATMs and banks situated in terminal buildings. Post paid telephone and telegraph services are available here. A fast aid room is available in the terminal building. Passengers can get free baggage trolleys navigating their way through the airport.
For the last many years Jai Prakash Narayan International Airport used to rank in 13-15 position, but due to drastic passenger traffic to this airport has made it one of the busiest airport in India. By handling more than 2,710,000 passengers in FY 20-21 this airport became the 9th busiest airport in India.
This airport is located in the capital of Bihar “Patna” as a sandwich between Sanjay Gandhi Javik Udhayn & Phulwari Sharif railway station. In honor of independent activities “Jai Praskha Narayan” this airport got its name.
Although this airport is an international airport yet due to its short runway with length of 7,000 feet, it is restricted for international flights. The length of its runway is 1,938 meters from landing from east & landing from west is 1,677 meters only. The terminal building of this airport currently has capacity to park only six aircraft at a time. To meet its rising demand the Airport Authority of India has an expansion plan for JPNI airport. Under this plan the new terminal building will have a two-storey structure with equipped six aerobridges & an apron area to park 14 aircrafts at a time.
IndiGo, Vistara, Air India and Go First airlines operate their flights to & from Jai Prakash Narayan International Airport.
This airport connects with major domestic cities of India which are Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Mumbai, Amritsar, Kolkata, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Pune, Ranchi, Chennai, Kochi, Jaipur, Hyderabad & Surat.
At Jai Prakash Narayan Airport, passengers will get free Wi-Fi service for 30 minute. There is a child care room at the airport. ATM and pay phone booths are also available. Book stall and restaurant is available for dine in. A gift shop is also there at the departure section.
In 1999, Cochin International Airport opened in the state of Kerala, located in Nedumbassery, Kochi. This airport is the 10th busiest airport in India with the first fully solar powered airport. In terms of total built area this airport is the fourth largest airport in India along with three terminals, which serve domestic & international traffic. After Delhi airport this is the second airport which has three terminals in India. Two terminals of Cochin airport serve domestic traffic and one is for international traffic.
Cochin airport is the first Indian airport which has developed as per public-private partnership model (PPP) with funding more than 10000 NRIs from around 30 counties. In FY 20-21 this airport handled approx 2,458,458 passengers due to which it reached 10th busiest airport in India position, before this year CIA was at 8th busiest airport. In 2020 this airport was awarded as the “Best Airport” in Asia-Pacific region by Airport Council International.
Cochin international airport, one of the biggest airport in India, serves major airlines which are IndiGo, Air Asia, Air India, Go First, SpiceJet, Vistara & Alliance Air. This airport is hub for Air India Express & focused city for IndiGo, SpiceJet and Air India.
The major international destionas which connected with Cochin international airports are Sharjah, Dubai, Jeddah, Riyadh, Bangkok, Dammam, Kuala Lumpur, Bahrain, Muscat, Doha, Colombo, Singapore and Kuwait.
These are top busiest, biggest and largest airports in India by passengers traffic & area wise. Currently there are 34 international airports serving in India, yet to meet the demand of air travelers AAI has created demand for new airports in India with more passenger handling capacity.
The development in the air travel industry has improved & definitely it will make travel easier for more than 100 million tourists & business travelers in India. In upcoming years India will develop more greenfield airports with specially designed with environment qualities.