1. Indira Gandhi International Airport -New Delhi
Primary international airport of the National Capital Region of Delhi, India.
It is the busiest airport in India. Has an annual capacity of over 60 million passengers. Around 36.88 million passengers passed through it in 2013. It has an integrated International and Domestic terminal. T3 is a 9 level passenger terminal building and has 2 piers each 1.2 km long.
The terminal is said to be the sixth largest in the world. In 2010, Delhi’s T3 terminal opened up after five years of development and spending of Rs 12,700 crore. Delhi’s IGI Airport was adjudged as the 2nd best. This is the third time in a row that IGIA has won the coveted award for airport service quality (ASQ) from ACI.
2. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport -Hyderabad
An international airport serving the metropolis of Hyderabad located at Shamshabad, about 22 km (14 mi) south of Hyderabad. It’s operated by a private company and handles around 7 million passengers a year.
The airport is excellent with world class facilities, including “in line” baggage screening machines, plenty of check-in and immigration counters to prevent delays, and good crowd control.
3. Bengaluru International Airport -Bengaluru
Bangalore is the third busiest airport in India, with over 10 million passengers a year. The airport has been constructed by a private company. It opened in May 2008. Spread over an area of approximately 4000 acres.
Single, fully air-conditioned, two-level building capable of accommodating nearly 3,000 international and domestic passengers at peak hours.
4. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport -Mumbai
Covers an area of 1,450 acres and is located in the Mumbai suburbs of Santa Cruz and Sahar. Mumbai airport handles 25 million passengers a year.
It was leased to a private operator in 2006 and is undergoing major renovation and upgrade. A new domestic terminal is operational, and a new international terminal has been inaugurated and is due to open by February 2014.
Currently, long lines for security checks when entering the airport still pose a problem during peak travel times at night.
5. Chennai International Airport -Chennai
Chennai airport is the main hub for arrivals and departures in south India.
It handles around 8 million passengers a year, over half of which are flying domestically. The airport is operated by the Indian government and a redevelopment of its terminals is currently being carried out.
The new domestic terminal was opened in April 2013 and the international terminal was commissioned a few months later.While it’s functional, further ongoing work is needed to complete the infrastructure.
6. Agatti Airport, Lakshadweep, India
Agatti Airport is located on the southern end of Agatti Island, in the union territory of Lakshadweep in India. It is the sole airstrip in the archipelago, which lies off the west coast of India. The airstrip was constructed during 1987−88 for operation of Dornier 228 type of aircraft and was inaugurated on 16 April 1988. Initially, the terminal was housed in a small temporary structure. Construction of Terminal Building, Air Traffic Control Tower and related structures commenced in 2006.
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