In a first of its kind achievement for India, the GMR Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad has been rated as the best airport in the world for the year 2009 among airports handing 5 million to 15 million passengers annually.
In this category, this airport has been adjudged as the world's number 1 in the airport service quality by Airport Council International.
The Hyderabad airport has also captured fifth position among all the airports world wide and also fifth in the Asia Pacific Region.
The airports in Mumbai and Delhi do not fall in this category.
The award is based on a survey conducted among the passengers using this airport on 34 aspects of service. Over 550 passengers were surveyed every quarter and the award is for the performance of the whole year.
Last year Japan's Nagoya airport was world's number 1 in this category.
“We will be motivated to further raise the bar in terms of our service quality for our customers and thus create new benchmarks. We will contine to upgrade and will not let go it (number 1 slot),” said P. Sripathy, chief executive officer, GHIAL.