Travelling by flight in India is in itself a fun-filled adventure before reaching the actual destination. Numerous shopping options, delicious food and de-stressing spa outlets make airports in India a fun port of entry or exit from a city. While air travel is steadily rising in India with more and more affordable airlines launching every day, every major city is now constructing spectacular modern airports for its residents to keep up with the rising air travel demand.
Here is the list of 7 Best Airports In India
Just like the rest of the city of Bangalore, the Kempegowda International Airport is complete with massive lawns and beautiful flowering gardens all around. The Bangalore International airport is one of the busiest airports in India handling over 22 million passengers every year and is very functionally designed to keep up with the demand. With Bangalore being the centre for information technology and start-up businesses, the airport caters to a young and dynamic crowd. The airport also has a ton of local eateries and cafes to choose from allowing travellers to get a feel of the city at the airport itself. From a VIP Lounge, plenty of shopping, sophisticated bars and spas to pamper travellers, passengers need to keep a track of their flight while indulging at this beautiful airport!
Located in India's capital city, New Delhi, the Indira Gandhi International Airport is the busiest airport the country with an annual passenger footprint of over 60 million. Built around travel functionality and successfully embodying India's heritage and culture, the IGI Airport is a stunning visual sight for travellers. The airport has integrated domestic and international terminals with the new T3 terminal opening up in 2010. The IGI Airport is also the sixth largest airport in the world with a total capacity of 12.5 million passengers per year. The Delhi airport has consecutively been awarded as the best airport in India (along with Mumbai's international airport) by the revered Airports Council International. The Delhi airport is also a favourite for its many stores of global brands and a wide array of restaurants.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport of Mumbai is the second busiest airport in India with annual traffic of over 48 million. It was named 'Best Airport in India' (along with IGI Airport, Delhi) and has consistently won several awards for its impeccable service, on-time air traffic and its stunning architecture. The airport has its very own spa and India's first luxury lounge, the GVK Lounge. The T2 terminal is also world renowned for displaying one of the largest art collections in the world ? the 3-km art wall at the airport displays over 7,000 artefacts created by over 1,500 artists across India.
The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport or Hyderabad Airport is the sixth busiest international airport in South India. It has consistently won several awards for high-quality service and on-time arrivals and departures. The airport is continuously expanding by adding runways and terminals to keep up with the rising demand. The RGI Airport also offers many luxuries such as spa, prayer and meditation rooms, to buggies for the elderly and the specially-abled. Since Hyderabad is the centre for business in Telangana, the airport hosts a beautiful Business Lounge which offers free wi-fi and de-stressing spa options. The RGI Airport is also famous for its traditional shopping options such as sarees and lehengas along with numerous eateries serving local and global cuisines.
The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport is the 5th busiest airport in India catering to passenger traffic of over 20 million annually. It is also a major layover point for passengers travelling to North-East India, China, Hong Kong, Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh. The airport got a makeover in 2014-2015 to improve traveller experience and functionality. It was named the most improved airport in India in the Asia-Pacific Region by the Airports Council International.
The Anna International Airport in Chennai is the third busiest airport in India catering to around 18 million passengers a year. The Chennai Airport is a central hub for travellers in South India. The airport also connects international passengers from India to the other Asian countries such as Sri Lanka, Maldives, Thailand and Indonesia. The airport is still developing by trying to add more stores and food joints and is actively working on incorporating modern facilities to improve the passenger experience.
Cochin International Airport in Kerala is the state largest international airport and the first airport in the world to run entirely on solar energy. While this is an incredible feat to achieve in itself, the Cochin International Airport is still implementing great environmental efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of air traffic. The Kochi airport handles over 10 million in passenger traffic and caters to multiple international destinations in the Middle East. It is undoubtedly one of the best non-metro airports in India.
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With rising air traffic in the country, it is no wonder that the quality of airports in India is being amped up as well. Tell us which airport in India is your favourite to fly through in the comments below!