Airport is the place where flights are stationed so as to carry out activities of passenger travel , good transfer and trading with other countries by the means of air vehicles. India has many domestic , national and international airport. Also places are present where there are private take-off runways of many citizens . These too are spread throughout country. The Indian aviation sector is growing at an unprecedented rate. With a rise in air travel, the domestic aviation market has tripled in the past five years.
For this article we have made analysis of all the airports in India and brought for you the list of top 10 airports. This list is based on survey report of passenger experience based on questions which asked people to rate airports according to criteria of cleanliness of airport, flight arrival , flight departure, goods flow and other such major factors.
So the list of top 10 airports in India starts with –
10. Ahmedabad Airport
It is also known as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport. It has movement of nearly 250 aircraft’s everyday. Several Indian carriers like Air India, IndiGo, Jet Airways, Kingfisher and SpiceJet have a prominent movement of flights in this airport. Two cities of Gujrat – Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar are served by this airport. It is located 8 km from the Ahmedabad railway station.
9. Cochin Airport
This airport in located in picturesque city of Kochi. It located about 30 km northeast from the railway station of Kochi. For the financial year 2011-12, it was the fourth busiest airport in India in terms of international passenger traffic ferrying 2,586,658 passengers and seventh busiest in terms of overall passenger traffic carrying 4,717,650 passengers. Since 2008,Cochin International Aviation Services Limited (CIASL) has been the first airport to venture into providing higher education in aviation management and technical areas in order to overcome the shortage of skilled manpower in the aviation industry. CIASL has also teamed up with the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) to start two schools in aviation education.
8. Kolkata International Airport
It is also known as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport. It is located 17 km from Kolkata city. It has 3 terminal buildings and is currectly building it’s fourth terminal to handle the rise in passenger traffic. It was ninth busiest in terms of international passenger traffic from April 2006 to Dec 2010.
7. Amritsar Airport
It is also known as Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport. It is located 11 km from Amritsar. The Airport registered a passenger growth of 64.6% during April–December 2009 which made it the fastest growing airport in India. The airport currently handles about 100 commercial flights a week, both international (Central Asia, Middle East) and domestic.
6. Goa-Dabolim Airport
Dabolim Airport is an airport located in the village of Dabolim in Goa, India. It is 23 km from the South Goa district capital, Madgaon and 30 km from the capital city Panaji. Goa’s estimated 700 international flights per year account for some 90% of the country’s international charter tourist flights. The airport is spread over 688 hectares and consists of a civil enclave of nearly 14 hectares , an increase from its original size of 6 hectares . The military flight training at Dabolim is carried out on 5 days of the week from 0830 hrs to 1300 hrs, during which hours civilian flights cannot operate.
5. Chennai International airport
The Chennai airport was chosen ‘Airport of the Year’ for 2012 for cargo handling. This is the third consecutive time (2010–12) the award was bagged by the airport. As of 2011, the annual capacity of the domestic terminal is 6 million passengers. Chennai airport is the main gateway for the air cargo traffic from the southern region of India which caters to the requirement of Far-East regions, the Europe and the United States, and recently African destinations such as Ethiopia and Nigeria. Cargo handled at Chennai airport included electronic goods, engineering goods, and auto components apart from the traditional leather products and textiles.
4. Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport
It was formerly known as Sahar International Airport. In 2011, the airport was ranked the third-best in the world in the 25–40 million passengers category by Airports Council International. The airport is one amongst a few airports in the world to be located within the city’s municipal limits .It is the second-busiest airport in the Indian Subcontinent. The Mumbai airport handled more than 29.1 million passengers and 670,235 tonnes of cargo in 2010-2011.
3. Hyderabad International airport
It is also called as Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. It was the sixth busiest airport in the country in terms of international and overall passenger traffic, during April 2008 to December 2010. It serves as a hub for Spice-Jet and Lufthansa Cargo and also a focus city for Air-India, Jet-Airway.
2. Banglore International Airport
The airport project started as a public-private joint venture between Germany’s Siemens Project Ventures GmbH, Government of Karnataka and Airports Authority of India (AAI). Construction of the airport began in July 2005. For the financial year 2011–12, it was the fourth busiest airport in the country in terms of overall passenger traffic of 12.69 million and fifth busiest in terms of international passenger traffic .At the CNBC AWAAZ Travel Awards 2010 held at Delhi , BIA was awarded The Best Managed Airport in India.
1. Delhi International Airport
Delhi airport is also called as Indira Gandhi International Airport. It is the busiest airport in the country . In 2011-2012, the airport handled around 35.88 million passengers. It is spread over an area of 5220 acres. In 2010, Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) was conferred the fourth best airport award in the world in the 15–25 million category, and Best Improved Airport in the Asia-Pacific Region by Airport Council International. In 2011, the IGIA was ranked the second-best airport in the world in the 25-40 million passengers category, again by Airport Council International.