Best International Airports in India

Best of India

List of Top International Airports in India (by Traffic)

1. Indira Gandhi International Airport – Delhi

 Indira Gandhi International Airport - Delhi


  • Indira Gandhi International Airport is the primary international airport of the National Capital Region of Delhi, India, situated in Palam, south-west of the New Delhi railway station.
  • Named after Indira Gandhi, a former Prime Minister of India, it is the busiest airport in India.
  • With the commencement of operations at the new Terminal 3, it became India’s and South Asia’s largest aviation hub, with a current capacity of handling more than 46 million passengers.


Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) was conferred the fourth best airport award in the world in the 15–25 million category.


2. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport – Mumbai

Chatrapathi Shivaji International Airport - Mumbai


  • Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport formerly Sahar International Airport, is the primary international airport in Mumbai
  • It is second busiest airport in the country, and was ranked 48th busiest airport in world by Airports Council International in 2013.
  • The airport is named after the 17th-century Maratha emperor, Chhatrapati Shivaji and its IATA airport code – “BOM” – is derived from Bombay, Mumbai’s former name
  • It is situated in the suburb of Santa Cruz and the Sahar neighbourhood of Andheri suburb.
  • Airport was ranked the third-best in the world in the 25–40 million passengers category by Airports Council International


  • Awarded Aeronautical Excellence Airport of the Year 2008 from Frost & Sullivan
  • Best Airport in Public-Private Partnership by the Air Passengers Association of India (APAI)

3. Chennai International Airport – Chennai

Chennai International Airport - Chennai


  • Chennai International Airport formerly, Madras Airport is the primary airport serving the southern Indian metropolis of Chennai.
  • It is the third busiest airport in India in terms of passenger traffic.
  • Chennai Airport is the major hub airport in Southern India and handled 10.5 Million Passengers; 1.10 Lakhs Aircraft and 3.23 Lakh Metric Tones of Cargo during 2009-10.
  • Share of Chennai Airport in all India’s passenger traffic is 8.5% and is third busy airport.
  • It has better connectivity to the rest of Indian regional airports and to the major airports in the world.


  • Chennai airport was chosen ‘Airport of the Year’ for 2012 for cargo handling.
  • This is the third consecutive time (2010–12) the award was bagged by the airport

4. Kempegowda International Airport – Bangalore

Kempegowda International Airport - Bangalore


  • Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru is an international airport serving the Indian city of Bengaluru.
  • For the financial year 2013–14, it is the fourth busiest airport in the country in overall passenger traffic (12.87 million)
  • Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru handled about 12.86 million passengers and had air traffic movements (ATM) of about 325 per day in 2013-14


  • At the Emerging Markets Airports Awards 2010, held in Dubai, BIA was awarded “The Best Emerging Airport in Indian sub-continent.”
  • It received a platinum certification from IATA in January 2010 for becoming “The first airport in India to be 100% Bar Coded Boarding Passes (BCBP) compliant.”
  • At the CNBC AWAAZ Travel Awards 2010 held at Delhi, BIA was awarded “The Best Managed Airport in India.

5. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport – Kolkata

Nethaji subhas chandra bose airport - kolkata


  • Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is an international airport located in Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • It is the fifth busiest airport of India in terms of passenger traffic
  • Kolkata airport is the largest in eastern India and one of only two international airports operating in West Bengal, the other being in Bagdogra.

6. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport – Hyderabad

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport - Hyderabad


  • Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, also known as Hyderabad International Airport, or simply RGIA, is an international airport serving the metropolis of Hyderabad located at Shamshabad
  • In 2010–11, it was the sixth busiest in India by international and overall passenger traffic.
  • It serves as a hub for SpiceJet, Lufthansa Cargo and Blue Dart Aviation and as a focus city for Air India, Jet Airways, and JetLite.


  • Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) Award Best Airport Environmental Performance of the Year- 2009
  • Airport Service Quality Awards By Airports Council International- 2010 & 2011
  • World Airport Awards by Skytrax- 2012

7. Cochin International Airport – Kochi

Cochin International Airport - Kochi


  • Cochin International Airport is an international airport situated in the city of Kochi, in the state of Kerala, India.
  • Located at Nedumbassery, northeast of Kochi, it is the busiest and largest airport in the state of Kerala.
  • For the financial year 2013-14, it is the the seventh busiest in overall passenger traffic
  • The airport is a primary base for Air India Express operations and is a focus city for Air India, IndiGo, Jet Airways and SpiceJet.
  • Cochin International Airport is the first in India developed under a public-private partnership (PPP) model.


  • EPC world award 2013: For Outstanding contribution in Airport infrastructure category
  • Kerala State Energy Conservation award 2013: For outstanding achievements towards Energy conservation and management
  • FACT-MKK Nayar Memmorial productivity award 2010-11 : For best productivity performance in service organizations category

8. Sardar Patel International Airport – Ahmedabad

Sardar Patel International Airport - Ahmedabad


  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport is an international airport serving the cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar in Gujarat, India.
  • The airport is located in Hansol, north of central Ahmedabad.
  • It is the eighth busiest airport in overall passenger traffic in India and a focus city for Air India, Blue Dart Aviation, IndiGo, Jet Airways and SpiceJet.

9. Goa International Airport – Dabolim(Goa)

Goa International Airport - Dabolim(Goa)


  • Goa International Airport , more commonly known as Dabolim Airport, is an international airport located in the city of Dabolim in Goa, India.
  • It is the only airport in the state and operates as a civil enclave in a military airbase named INS Hansa.
  • It is 4 km from the nearest city Vasco da Gama, 23 km from the South Goa district headquarters of Margao, and 30 km from the capital city Panjim.

10. Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport – Lucknow

Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport - Lucknow


  • Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport , is situated at Amausi in the city of Lucknow, India
    Management of the airport is solely under Airport Authority of India, a government owned corporation responsible for creating, upgrading, maintaining and managing civil aviation infrastructure in India.
  • The airport was constructed in 1986 to facilitate corporate and government officials.
  • With an increasing number of passengers, AAI decided to upgrade the airport.