India with the World’s second largest population has a total of 486 total airports, airstrips, and military bases. Out of which 123 airports have regular scheduled commercial flights, which also includes few airports with both army and civilian use. Airport Authority of India (AAI) manages 126 airports. India has a total of 34 international airports. Let us check out India’s top busiest airports.
1.Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi
The first on the list is Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. During FY 2018-19, total of 69,233,864 passengers traveled from New Delhi. New Delhi Mumbai is the busiest domestic air route in India. In 2018, the total passengers traveled from New Delhi to Mumbai is 7,854,642. This number is more than the total population of New Zealand. Every day there is a total of 130 flights between Delhi, India’s political capital to Mumbai, India’s financial capital. You can find the cheapest fare to fly from Delhi to Mumbai. A total of no. of scheduled airline flights operated between Delhi and Mumbai airports is 47462 in 2017. This makes it the world’s third busiest air-route.
2. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai
Next to the list is Maharashtra’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai. The total passengers traveled from Mumbai airport is 48,815,063 during FY 2018-19. This is a huge number. With 130 flights per day flying to Delhi alone, it comes second to the list of busiest airports in India.
3. Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru
Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru Karnataka is the third busiest airport of India. Total 33,307,702 passengers traveled from Bengaluru in 2018-19. The busiest route from Bengaluru is Bengaluru-Hyderabad with 23,64,978 passengers traveled in 2018.
4. Chennai International Airport, Chennai
Chennai International Airport, Chennai, Tamil Nadu also enters in top 5 busiest airports of India. Total 22,543,822 passengers traveled from Chennai in FY 2018-19. The busiest domestic route from Chennai are Chennai – New Delhi and Chennai – Mumbai with 28,14,354 and 26,51,778 passengers respectively traveled in 2018.
5. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata, West Bengal got this name in 1995. Previously it was known as Dum Dum Airport. This airport is India’s fifth busiest airport. The total passengers traveled during FY 2018-19 from this airport is 21,877,350. The busiest domestic routes from Kolkata are Kolkata-Delhi with 3,358,674 passengers and Kolkata-Mumbai with 2,195,784 passengers traveled in 2018.