Moving up four places from the 16th spot in 2017, The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), New Delhi is now ranked the 12th busiest airport in the world, according to the preliminary world airport traffic rankings for 2018 released by Airports Council International (ACI). Overtaking major transit hubs like Frankfurt, Dallas Forth Worth, Guangzhou and Istanbul Ataturk airport in the ranking, IGIA was also ranked among the fastest growing among the top 20 airports. Witnessing a growth of 10.2 per cent in number of combined passengers carried in comparison to 2018, The Delhi airport served 6.9 crore domestic and international flyers in 2018.
ACI, the global representative of the world’s airports said “India became the world’s third-largest aviation market in terms of passenger throughput, behind the US and China, in 2018. India’s move towards a more liberalised aviation market and the nation’s strengthening economic fundamentals have helped it become one of the fastest-growing markets with its traffic growing rapidly in a relatively short time.”