Top 10 Famous And Best Airports in India

There is a majority of some of the best airports in India, making it the world’s third-largest domestic civil aviation market after the United States and China. India has a total of 486 airports spread across the country. There are 100 airports/aerodromes that receive regular commercial flights, and 123 airports with scheduled commercial flights, some of which are used by both civilians and the military. The Airports Authority of India manages a total of 125 airports, including 11 international airports, 81 domestic airports, 08 customs airports, and 25 civil enclaves at the Defense Airfield (AAI).

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1. Dabolim Airport, Goa

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If there is a vacation hotspot in India, it’s definitely Goa. On the travel itinerary of every traveller, Goa welcomes thousands of tourists every year. The Dabolim airport has made Goa so much more accessible and the availability of all the essential facilities makes the to and fro much easier. The interiors of the facility are impeccably done and are mesmerising, making it first on our list of the best airports in India. However, what is most fascinating about the airport is the fact that it is both a civilian airport and the airbase for the Indian Navy, INS Hansa. The INS Hansa is India’s biggest naval airbase and is home to several operating aircrafts such as Mikoyan MiG-29Ks and Kamov Ka-28s.

2. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad

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Named after the former Prime Minister of the country, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport serves the capital city of Hyderabad. It was opened in 2008 to replace the Begumpet Airport as the latter could no longer handle a large number of passengers. The airport grounds also have a solar power station, aviation training facilities and fuel farms. The airport also houses the GMR Aerospace and Industrial Park, developed in order to support the growing needs of India’s manufacturing and assembling hubs.

3. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata

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The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport serves as the aviation base for the entirety of north-eastern and eastern India. It is one of the oldest airports in the country, having been operational since 1924. The airport has all the basic amenities like ATMs, eateries and an exceptional infrastructure that helps ensure a convenient travel experience for the travellers.

4. Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi

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The Indira Gandhi International Airport is one of the top 5 “best airports in India”. The airport serves the national capital and has three runways and terminals. The airport looks aesthetic with intricate interiors and has facilities like sleeping pods, currency exchange centres and free Wi-Fi. Beyond that, the airport was declared the second safest airport in 2021 for all the precautionary measures it took during the pandemic.

5. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai

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The second busiest airport in the country, the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is spread over an area of 1,850 acres. The airport has two terminals and two crisscrossing runways. As organized as it is today, there was a time when Time Magazine referred to the terminal building as the ‘black hole’. This was due to the airlines expanding their services exponentially while no corresponding increase in the space at the terminal. The airport is famous for the GVK lounge for business and first-class travellers and the GVK Museum at T2.

6. Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru

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Kempegowda International Airport, after Delhi and Mumbai, is India’s third busiest airport. It is located in the state of Karnataka, in the city of “Bangalore.” In Karnataka, this was the state’s first fully solar-powered airport. It covers a total area of 4,000 acres. It is Asia’s 29th busiest airport. On a daily basis, it handles over 658 aircraft. The “Best Regional Airport in Asia and Central India” has been awarded to this airport. The Bangalore airport is named after the city’s founder, Kempe Gowda.

7. Chennai International Airport

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It is India’s fourth busiest airport as well as Asia’s 49th busiest airport. It’s in the Tamil Nadu city of Chennai. It transports over 22.5 million passengers annually and over 570 aircraft moments per day. It is on track to become India’s first airport with a satellite terminal capable of handling 40 million passengers annually. The domestic terminal at Chennai Airport is India’s first to have aerobridges.

8. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Ahmedabad

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The airport is located in Hansol, 9 kilometres north of Ahmedabad’s city centre. The airport is named after “Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel” and serves as a TruJet hub. There are two terminals at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel: T1 for domestic flights and T2 for international and domestic flights. Every year, it transports over 9 million passengers.

9. Cochin International Airport

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The airport is in Nedumbassery, about 25 kilometres northeast of Kochi. It is being developed as part of a “public-private partnership.” Air India Express has a hub at the airport. Over 10.2 million passengers pass through the airport each year. Cochin International Airport is the world’s first fully solar-powered airport, with one of India’s largest terminals (Terminal 3). In 2018, it was also named “Champion of the Earth.”

10. Pune International Airport

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Pune, Maharashtra, is home to the airport. It is India’s ninth busiest airport. Both domestic and international flights are served. It is 10 kilometres northeast of Pune’s downtown area. The airport has two terminals, but only one is used for flights, and it handles over 8 million passengers annually. The new terminal as well as the runway expansion will be completed soon.

Airports not only connect cities and towns, but they also play an important role in our journey by making it easier and more comfortable. Air travel has increased at a never-before-seen rate as luxury travel becomes more affordable to the middle class. This has helped India’s tourism and hotel industries grow, as well as its economy. We hope you liked our list of the best airports in India. Do tell us what you liked about some of them in the comments below.