Like how bus stations and railway stations transport a lot of people in India, planes too have become an important mode of transport. Like any other public transport stations, airports can get busy too.
So have you ever wondered which airport in India is the busiest? Or how busy a particular airport or how busy the airport in your own city is? Well, here is the list of the top 10 busiest international airports in India.
Note: Data is base on the last financial year
At number 10 is the Pune airport. The international airport here saw a total of 41.9 lakh passengers. Out of the total number, 40.67 lakh passengers were travelling within the country and 1.22 lakh passengers were international travellers. The airfield was established in 1939 and is at an elevation of 592 meters.
Next in the list is Goa. Although it is a big destination for international travellers, the airport witnessed only 6.13 lakh overseas travellers. 39 lakh Domestic travellers were recorded at the Goa airport last year and the total stood at 45.1 lakh. The Goa airport was constructed in the year 1955 and is only 56 meters above sea level.
Taking the eighth place is the Ahmedabad International Airport, which recorded 50.5 lakh people totally last year. 12.16 lakh international travellers were recorded and 38.34 lakh domestic passengers were recorde. This totals up to 50.5 lakh passengers in total. Named the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, it was set up in the year 1937 and international operations began in 1992. The Ahmedabad airport is at an elevation of 58 meters above sea level.
The airport from God's own country, the Cochin International Airport takes the seventh position as the most busiest airport in India. The only airport on the list that has seen more international travellers than domestic ones. Last year, Cochin saw 37.51 lakh international passengers and 26.62 lakh domestic passengers, bringing the grand total to 64.14 lakh travellers. The Cochin Airport is at an altitude of only 9 meters above sea level.
The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad takes the sixth spot, having flown 1.04 crore passengers, which consisted of 27.98 lakh international passengers and 76.05 lakh domestic passengers. Commercial flight operations began in 2008 and the airport is at an elevation of 617 meters above sea level.
Taking the fifth position is the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata. The airport transported 19.26 lakh international passengers and 89.9 lakh domestic travelers, bringing the total to 1.09 crore passengers in total. The airport was formerly known as Dum Dum Airport before it was renamed. The airport is situated just 5 meters above sea level.
The Chennai International Airport takes the fourth position and is one of the busiest airports in the south. Last year, the airport flew 47.07 lakh international passengers, which is the third highest in our list, and 95.92 lakh domestic passengers flew from this very airport. A total of 1.42 crore passengers used the Chennai International Airport. The Chennai airport is 16 meters above sea level.
The Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore takes the third spot as the third busiest international airport in India. The Bangalore international airport saw 29.32 lakh international and 1.24 crore domestic passengers fly out, bringing the grand total to 1.54 crore travellers and is situated at 915 meters above sea level.
The second most busiest international airport in India is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, or formerly known as the Sahar International Airport in Mumbai. 1.14 crore international and 2.52 crore domestic passengers used this particular airport, making it a total of 3.66 crore passengers. The Mumbai International Airport is at an elevation of 11 meters above sea level and handles more than 780 aircraft movements per day.
The most busiest airport in India, in terms of passengers is the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. A total of 4.09 crore travellers flew from this airport; 1.35 crore international and 2.74 crore domestic passengers. The Delhi airport is situated at an altitude of 237 meters above sea level and in 2015, the Delhi Airport bagged two awards for The Best Airport in Central Asia/ India and the Best Airport Staff in Central Asia/India.