India is a rapidly developing country where progress is taking place in leaps and bounds and the incomes as well as standard of living of the population are increasing day by day. There was a time when most of the people in the country preferred to travel by trains because they wanted to travel cheap. However, the trend has changed in recent years as a large chunk of population is opting for air travel because they do not mind to spend some extra bucks to travel in luxury and reach their destination quickly and conveniently. As a result, air traffic has increased all around the country, with airlines as well as airports becoming busier than ever.
Here is a list of top 10 busiest airports of India, based on the annual passenger traffic as declared by the Airport Authority of India for the year 2014-15:
10. Pune International Airport
One of the busiest airports in the country is the Pune International Airport, which has catered to 4,190,509 passengers this year.
9. Goa International Airport
The next name to be included on the list of top 10 busiest airports in India is that of Goa International Airport, which has provided services to 4,513,201 passengers in 2014-15.
8. Sardar Patel International Airport
Sardar Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad features next on this list and it has recorded the passenger traffic of 5,050,433 people in the current year.
7. Cochin International Airport
The number 7 position amongst the busiest airports in the country is occupied by the Cochin International Airport in Kochi. The airport has seen the total passenger traffic of 6,414,135 passengers this year.
6. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad comes next on this list with thetotal passenger traffic of 10,404,353 in the current year.
5. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport
On number 5 in this list is the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, which is located in the city of Kolkata. It gets this position on this list by catering to 10,916,699 passengers in the year 2014-15.
4. Chennai International Airport
Chennai International Airport in Chennai, Tamil Nadu has fallen down one place coming to number four from number three. The total number of passengers served by the airport this year has come down to 14,299,200.
3. Kempegowda International Airport
Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore has climbed up by one place and reached the number three spot in 2014-15, by registering the passenger traffic of 15,401,392.
2. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
Featuring next on the list of top 10 busiest airports in India is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport located in Mumbai. The annual passenger traffic here for the year 2014-15 was 37,694,824.
1. Indira Gandhi International Airport
The Indira Gandhi International Airport in the country’s capital city, Delhi is befittingly the busiest airport in the country, catering to as many as 40,895,555 passengers in a year.
It is easy to imagine from the passenger traffic data mentioned above, that how popular has air traffic become in the country in the recent times and the trend is most likely to continue in the future too.