Top 10 Biggest Airports in India – Detailed List

Top 10 Biggest Airports in India:


Traveling has increased hugely within the past few years. To provide a fast and convenient travel experience and to boost the travel industry, airlines have helped a lot. Millions of people travel daily and to provide them hassle-free experience airports play a major role.

Airports also help to boost the economy of a country. There are 34 international and 103 domestic airports in India. India has become one of the hotspots of international flights and has some of the busiest and largest airports in the world.

If you are curious to know, here is the list of the top 10 biggest airports in India:

10. Cochin International Airport, Kerala:

Cochin International Airport, biggest airports in India

Cochin International Airport is owned and operated by Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) and the Government of Kerala. It is the largest and busiest international airport in Kerala.

Opened on 10 June 1999, the Cochin International Airport is situated in an area of 1,213 acres. This project cost Rs. 1 Billion and was funded by 10,000 NRI’s from 30 countries. Airport’s runway is 3.4 Km long and also has one helipad.

Being the biggest and busiest airport in Kerala, it handled 97 Lakh passenger traffic and 67,000 aircraft movement last year. 24 airlines and 22 destinations are operated through this airport. This airport is also a hub for Air India Express. It is the world’s first fully solar-powered airport.

9. Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Punjab:

Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, biggest airports in India
Opened in 1930 by the Britishers, Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport is the second largest airport in North India after Delhi airport. It is awarded many times with renowned titles.

Based in an area of 1,250 acres and having a runway of 3.6 Km, this is one of the biggest airports in India. This airport was used by Britishers for only VIP purposes. After the independence of India, the airport was connected to other states.

It is the biggest airport in Punjab. It has operated more than 25 Lakh passengers and 17,905 aircraft movements in the year 2018-19. Seven airlines and six destinations are operated through this airport.

8. Chennai International Airport, Tamil Nadu:

Chennai International Airport, Tamil Nadu airport
Another large airport on the list is the Chennai International Airport serving in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is the fourth busiest international airport in the nation. It is owned by the Government of India and managed by AAI.

The size of this airport is 1,323 acres and has two runways 3,658 and 2,045 meters respectively. It handled more than 2.2 Crore passengers and operated more than 1.6 Lakh aircraft movements in 2019-20. It serves 32 airlines to and from 40 destinations.

To avoid increasing passenger traffic in the future this airport is developing a satellite terminal which will make it India’s first satellite terminal airport. It is one of the busiest and biggest airports in India.

7. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Maharashtra:

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, largest airports in India
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport is an international airport located in Nagpur, Maharashtra. It is owned by AAI and operated by Mihan India Private Limited (MIPL). The estimated price of this project was Rs. 7 Billion and completed construction in 2008/09.

Strategically located in the center of the nation covering an area of 1,355 acres it is the main airport in Nagpur. It has two runways and the longest one is 3.2 Km. It is a hub for GoAir and IndiGo airlines. Not only that, but it is also home to Air Force School (AFS) Nagpur.

In the year 2019-20 this airport handled more than 30 Lakh passengers, 23,000 aircraft movements, and 6,398 tonnes of cargo. This airport also operates 6 airlines to and from 8 destinations.


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6. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, West Bengal:

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, biggest airports in India
The next airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport of Dum Dum, West Bengal. Not only one of the biggest, but it is also one of the oldest airports in India opened in 1924. This airport is owned and operated by AAI.

Covering a huge area of 1,641 acres it is the sixth biggest airport in India. This airport has two runways of 3,190 m and 3,627 m in length. Last year this airport has handled more than 20 million passengers and 1.65 lakh aircraft movements.

Being an international airport it operates 19 airlines to and from 37 destinations. It is a hub for AirAsia India, Alliance Air, GoAir, IndiGo, SpiceJet. This airport has also witnessed 3 accidents to date.

5. Dabolim Airport, Goa:

Dabolim Airport, Top 10 biggest airports in India
Dabolim Airport is the only airport in Goa, it is a military as well as a public airport. It is operated by AAI and owned by the Government of Goa and the Indian Navy.

Spread over an area of 1,700 acres Dabolim Airport is also a base of the Indian Navy. It has a runway of 3,430 m. Last year this airport handled more than 83 lakh passengers and 57, 655 aircraft movements.

Being the only international airport in Goa it handles 9 airlines to and from 12 destinations. Goa airport has also witnessed 5 accidents. Every year millions of tourists visit Goa and to avoid passenger traffic the new airport Mopa airport is under construction.

4. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Maharashtra:

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai airport, biggest airports in India
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport serving in Mumbai, Maharashtra is the second busiest and fourth largest airport in India. It is also included in the list of the world’s busiest airports. In 2016, it has also won the award of Best Airport in India and also holds many renowned titles.

The airport is spread over an area of 1,878 acres, and it is operated by MIAL (Mumbai International Airport Limited). There are two runways of length 2,990 m and 3,660 m respectively. It handled more than 45 million (4.5 crores) passengers and more than 3 lakh aircraft movements.

It operates 43 airlines to and from 83 destinations making it the second-biggest airport in terms of flights. The airport is also a hub for many airlines namely – Air India, SpiceJet, Jet Airways, GoAir, Blue Dart Aviation, Jetconnect, and IndiGo.

3. Kempegowda International Airport, Karnataka:

Kempegowda International Airport, Top 10 largest airports in India
Opened on 24 May 2008, Kempegowda International Airport is located in Bangalore, Karnataka. It is operated by BIAL(Bengaluru International Airport Limited). It is the first airport to have two operational parallel runways and a fully solar-powered airport in South India.

Having the size of 4,000 acres it is the third biggest and busiest airport in India. Airport’s both runways are of 4,000 m. It handled more than 32 million (3.2 Crores) passengers and 2.30 lakh aircraft movements in the year 2019-20.

It operates 28 airlines to and from 40 destinations. Likewise, it is also a hub for AirAsia India, Alliance Air, Go Air, IndiGo, Star Air. The estimated price of this project was $600 Million.

2. Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi:

Indira Gandhi International Airport, biggest airports in India
The second biggest airport in India is Indira Gandhi International Airport, situated in the heart of the nation – Delhi. It is one of the oldest and major airports in India. The airport is operated by Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL). It was awarded as the world’s fourth-best airport and has many more titles on its name.

The airport occupies 5,106 acres of land. It has three runways of length 4430 m, 3810 m, 2813 m respectively. Being the second-largest airport it is also the busiest airport in India. It handled 67 million (6.7 crores) passenger traffic in the year 2019-20.

It operates 59 airlines to and from 97 destinations and is the hub for 9 airlines. The expansion of this airport is under construction. This airport is equipped with advanced features which help to regulate traffic.

1. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Telangana:

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, biggest airport in India
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the biggest airport in India covering a massive area of 5,595 acres. The airport is owned and operated by GHIAL. It was listed in the world’s top 10 airports. Opened on 23 March 2008, the estimated price of this project was Rs. 24,780 M.

This airport has two runways of 3,800 m and 4,260 m in length. Last year in 2019-20, the airport handled 21 Million (2.1 crores) passenger traffic, 1.83 lakh aircraft movements, and 1.43 lakh cargo tonnage.

The airport is also a hub for many airlines. It operates 20 airlines to and from 32 destinations. For now, the airport is constructed on 2,000 acres, but the expansion of this airport is under planning and soon will be executed in the remaining 3,495 acres of land.

Summary:

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport located in Hyderabad, Telangana is the biggest airport in India covering a massive size of 5,595 acres of land followed by Indira Gandhi International Airport and Kempegowda International Airport.


 No.  Airport:
 10.
Cochin International Airport, Kerala
 9. Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Punjab
 8. Chennai International Airport, Tamil Nadu
 7. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Maharashtra
 6. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, West Bengal
 5. Dabolim Airport, Goa
 4. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Maharashtra
 3. Kempegowda International Airport, Karnataka
 2. Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi
 1. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Telangana

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