Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport has once again emerged as the busiest in the country with an increase of nearly 6 million passengers compared to the last fiscal.
According to an economic impact study of Delhi airport, "In terms of total passenger movements, Delhi airport handled more traffic than airports in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Delhi airport has a major market share of air traffic volume to Middle East, European, Asian and American regions".
In 2010-11, Delhi airport handled 29.94 million passengers and the number reached 35.94 million in 2011-12. Mumbai is the second busiest airport in the country.
According to sources, Delhi airport handles almost one lakh passengers every day and aircraft movements have also increased. Terminal 1 of the airport, with three low cost airlines, handles nearly 40,000 passengers every day. At Terminal 3, over 17,000 passengers depart for international destinations every day, while 18,500 passengers travel to domestic sector.
Delhi airport connects 51 international routes and 41 destinations in the country on the domestic front. "Traffic from Delhi airport move to three primary airports - Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. High growth was seen in destinations such as Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Jammu and Guwahati in 2011-12," a spokesperson of Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said.
The traffic ratio of the Delhi airport is 31:69 with 31 per cent international travellers and the remaining domestic.
On the tourism front, 91 per cent of foreign tourists who arrived in India in 2010 came by air and out of this 34 per cent landed at Delhi airport, the highest among metropolitan airports.
According to DIAL, the major reason for increase in domestic passenger traffic is per capita income, better business opportunities, availability of better infrastructure, tourism and schedule of national and international events like sports, book fairs and auto expo.
Delhi airport handled 35.94 million passengers in 2011-12
In 2010-11 Delhi airport handled 29.94 million passengers.
69% of these passengers travelled on domestic routes while 31% travelled on international.