Delhi's IGI Airport breaks into world's top 20 busiest aerodromes

Indira Gandhi International Airport New Delhi | Commons

It handled 44.88 million global passengers last year, which represented year-on-year growth of 6.2 percent, higher than the top three busiest airports in the world, the company said. Apart from this, Delhi Airport has been ranked at the first position in the category of Airport Service Quality for airports that have a volume of more than 40 million passengers per annum.

According to data released Monday by the Airports Council International (ACI), passenger traffic at the world's 20 busiest airports grew 5.2 percent a year ago.

Delhi Airport jumped from 22nd to 16th, solidifying its status as one of the fastest growing airports in the world for passenger traffic.

Kennedy International Airport got bumped off the 20 busiest facilities in the world, according to rankings released Monday from Airports Council International.

The report added that IGI Airport was also the fastest-growing airport among those in the top 20 club, with traffic increasing at the rate of 14.1%.

ACI's World Airport Traffic Forecasts predicts that the country will represent the third largest aviation market, in terms of passenger throughout, after the U.S. and China by 2020. Total passenger traffic in IGI airport grew by 14.1 percent in 2017. The ranking rose from 13th place to 12th place.

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YYZ was the busiest Canadian airport with just over 47 million passengers past year, sitting 30th overall on the worldwide list. They ranked 7, up from 8 previous year.

The top three airports in worldwide air freight traffic were Hong Kong, Shanghai and Incheon airports. These airports handled a combined 51 million metric tonnes of cargo.

Taoyuan International Airport Corporation also pointed out that the airport is growing at a much faster pace than most other airports.

To cater to that explosion in demand, about half of the $1 trillion budgeted for airport expansions and upgrades around the world are expected to be spent in Asia, Sydney-based CAPA Centre for Aviation estimates. This represents 43% of global air cargo volumes.

Meanwhile, Singapore wasn't in the top 20 of the airports with the highest number of aircraft movements.

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