Human Existence has always chased comfort while progressing into being the most intelligent species on this planet. And flying in airplanes to the destination infractions of the usual travel time has made flying as one of the most sought-after travel methods.

Civil aviation in India had its first flight on 18th February 1911, when a plane flew from Allahabad to Naini covering a distance of 6 miles. This airline later became Air India. Officially, In March 1953, the Indian Government passed the Air Corporations Act. And to complement flying, airports are one of the majors partakes in creating a better travel experiment for the boarders. 

So today we’ll be enlisting most popular airports in India that are the pillars of international exchange of goods, services, and people across our nation. 

1. Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi


Spread over an area of 5,000 acres and situated in Palam, this airport is one of the major international aviation hubs in Indian aviation. With access to Air India, AirAsia India, GoAir, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Vistara, and other leaders in the aviation industry, this airport serves all the sections of flying customers. At an elevation of 237 meters and a passenger count of approximately 70 Million, it’s importance in public aviation is well-recognized. It is named after first female prime minister of India Indira Gandhi.

2. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai


Mumbai is well known as one of the financial capitals of the world and this airport thus has a job of serving the Mumbai Metropolitan Area. Inaugurated in 1942, it was formerly known as Sahar International Airport. At an elevation of 11 meters and a hub to Air India, Vistara, AirAsia India, Alliance Air, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir, this airport is quite busy on all working hours, delivering passengers and cargo all year around. With a passenger count of approximately 50 million, this airport plays a major role in the Indian Aviation.

3. Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore


Serving the tech capital of India, this airport opened its gates on 24th May 2008. Located near the village of Devanahalli in lush green surroundings, it lies 39 kilometers north to the city and is spread over an area of 4000 acres. It basically serves the capital of Karnataka and has a passenger count of 33 million. It’s a hub for many mainstream airlines like AirAsia India, Alliance Air, Indigo, GoAir, and Star Air. It is named after Kempe Gowda, who is the founder of Bangalore. This airport is owned and operated by Bengaluru International Airport Limited that is a public-private organization.

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4. Chennai International Airport, Chennai 


Chennai is one of the mega-cities of India and this airport serves the population in their flying plans. Serving since 1948, it is located in Tirusulam, 13 miles from the city, and handles around 30000 passengers a day. It’s the third biggest airport in India in terms of international traffic and cargo capacity behind New Delhi and Mumbai. It has a passenger count of 22 million and an elevation of 16 meters. Although a proposal for another airport is in consideration, this one still remains to be the only flying hub for Chennai.

5. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata


Serving the Kolkata metropolitan area, this airport is located in Dum Dum, West Bengal, roughly 17 kilometers from the city center. Before being renamed in 1995, this Airport was also known as Dum Dum Airport locally as well as internationally. It’s one of the oldest airports in India, which was opened back in 1924. Kolkata is a focus city for Air India and is a hub to GoAir, IndiGo, and SpiceJet. At an elevation of 7 meters and a passenger count of 21 million, it’s one of the busiest airports in India.

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6. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad


An airport owned by GHIAL (63%), Govt. of Telangana (13%), AAI (13%), and Malaysia Airports Holdings (11%) and serving the city of Hyderabad, it was opened on 23rd of March 2008 to replace Begumpet Airport. It is named after Rajiv Gandhi, who was the Prime Minister of India from 1984 to 1989. At a passenger count of twenty-one million, it’s the only airport in India that ranks in AirHelp’s list of top 10 airports in the world. It’s at an elevation of six hundred and seventeen meters, this airport has one passenger terminal, two runaways, and a cargo terminal and is the sixth busiest airport by passenger traffic in India.

7. Cochin International Airport, Cochin

Serving the city of Kochi, Kerala this airport opened its doors on the 10th of June 1999. Located 25 kilometers northeast of Kochi, in Nedumbassery, it’s the first airport in India that was developed under a public-private partnership (PPP) model. As of its IPO value, it was funded by 10000 NRIs from 30 countries. At an elevation of 9 meters, it’s the hub for Air India Express and serves IndiGo, Air India and SpiceJet. At a passenger count of 10 million, this airport is well recognized for its ambiance and staff hospitability. 

8. Dabolim International Airport, Panjim 


Well known for sunburn, beach parties and foreigners’ favorite place to be in India, Goa is the destination that is meant to be loaded with International arrival requisite. Dabolim Airport is the only airport in the state of Goa which is operated as a Civil Enclave in the Military Airbase. It is named INS Hansa by the Airports Authority of India. It’s located in Dabolim, 4 kilometers from the nearest city Vasco da Gama and 30 kilometers from Panjim. At an elevation of 56 meters, it’s passenger count is 8 million. The airport is fully functioning since the inauguration of its integrated terminal in December 2013.

9. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Ahmedabad


This airport serves the cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar in Gujrat. It is located 9 kilometers north of central Ahmedabad in Hansol. It’s named after the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first deputy Prime Minister of India. It is owned by The Adani Group and is a hub for TruJet and a focus city for GoAir. At an elevation of 58 meters, it handles roughly 11 million passengers a year.

10. Jaipur International Airport, Jaipur


Serving the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, this airport was granted the status of an International Airport on 29th December 2005. It was declared as the World’s best airport in the 2-5 million passengers per annum category according to Airports Council International in 2015 and 2016. Jaipur is India’s eleventh busiest airport in India. At an elevation of 385 meters, this airport is operated by the Airports Authority of India. It’s located in the southern suburb of Sanganer, which is 13 kilometers from Jaipur. At a passenger count of 5 million, this airport is surrounded by lush green grasslands and can accommodate 14 aircraft and around 1000 passengers at a time. 

So, these were our top 10 International Airports in India that are popular among the Indian masses and serve various metropolitan cities and are the backbone of the Aviation Industry in India. If you’ve ever visited any of these, let us know your experiences in the comment section and for those who are yet to sit in their debut flights, now chances are, you already know a bit about the airports you might be flying from or flying to. Till then, stay safe, stay healthy.

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Nikunj Sharma

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