Lists of International Airports in India
In the year 1911, India’s first commercial civil aviation flight, which was carrying mail, took off across the Yamuna river from Allahabad to Naini. After the merging of the National Airports Authority and the International Airports Authority of India On 1st April 1995, the Indian parliament passed an act by which the Airports Authority of India (AAI) was created who is solely responsible for maintaining and managing the civil aviation infrastructure of India both on the ground and air space. Currently, AAI provides air navigation services over 2.8 million square nautical miles of air space in India and it manages a total of 137 airports which include 24 International airports and 103 Domestic airports.
When in 1991, the government de-regularised the civil aviation sector, the first national-level private airline to operate in the country is East-West Airlines. According to the civil aviation data 2020, the size of the aviation market in India is the third-largest. Some important carriers of India are IndiGo, Air India, Spicejet, Go First, Vistara, AirAsia, etc. Recent data reveal that Mumbai–Delhi air corridor is ranked the world’s third-busiest route.
Famous Airports of India
1. Veer Savarkar International Airport
- City: Port Blair
- State: Andaman And Nicobar
It is also known as Port Blair Airport and it is opened on 20 January 2005. It is located 2 km far towards the south from the capital of the Union Territory of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and is the main airport of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands of India. Formally this airport is known as “Port Blair Airport’ and it was renamed the freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar in the year 2002. The length of the single runway of this airport is 3,290m long, accommodating for narrow-body aircraft, i.e., Airbus A320, Airbus A321, and Boeing 737. All the air traffic operations over Port Blair are undertaken by the Indian Navy but not the civilian terminal operations, which are operated by the Airports Authority of India.
2. Visakhapatnam International Airport
- City: Visakhapatnam
- State: Andhra Pradesh
Visakhapatnam Airport is located 12km far away from Visakhapatnam city and it covers an area of 350 acres. Before 1981, it was used only for military operations, later from 30 March 2008, it starts operational for commercial aircraft. The original runway was 1,800 m long the new one is 3,050 m long. In the initial periods.
3. Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport
- City: Guwahati
- State: Assam
Previously this airport was known as ‘Borjhar Airport’ and it is the first airport of the North-Eastern states of India. According to the business of Airport, it is the 11th busiest airport in India. It is located at Borjhar which is 28 km far from Guwahati. Later it was named after Late ‘Gopinath Bordoloi’ the first Chief Minister of Assam after India’s independence. The airport is managed by AAI and also serves as an IAF base. It was established in 1958. The first international flight in the North-East region was started from Guwahati to Bangkok by Air India in 2002. In 2019, the Airport has given on lease for 50 years to Adani Group.
4. Gaya International Airport
- City: Gaya
- State: Bihar
It is also known as Bodhgaya Airport and is spread over an area of 954 acres. This airport was established in 1936 and it’s become an international airport serving Gaya, Bihar of India. This is a seasonal airport and mainly caters to Buddhist tourists coming from South East Asian countries because it was 5 kilometers away from the temple city of Bodhgaya, which is the place of enlightenment of Gautama Buddha.
5. Loknayak Jayprakash International Airport
- City: Patna
- State: Bihar
This airport is mainly used for customs purposes, located in Patna, of Bihar and it is named after independence activist Jay prakash Narayan. According to the business of Airport, it is the 9th busiest airport in India. The runway length at the airport is 7,000 feet and it is the airport is managed by AAI.
6. Indira Gandhi International Airport
- City: New Delhi
- State: Delhi
Before Independence Delhi had two aviation spaces, one is Safdarjung airport another one is Palam airport, they were built in the years 1930 and 1939 respectively. Param was used as an air force station till 1945 and later it was served as an Air Force Station for the Indian Air Force. Since 1962, Param airport which is spread over an area of 5,106 acres, opens for Civil flights, due to increasing passenger traffic at Safdarjung. In 1986, Param Airport is named after the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Currently, Delhi airport serves as the international aviation hub for New Delhi and the major part of northern India, and it is the busiest airport in India in terms of passenger traffic since 2009.
7. Dabolim Airport (Goa International Airport)
- City: Dabolim
- State: Goa
It is the only international airport in Goa, and the airport was built in 1955 by the Portuguesa. Having an area of 249 acres, this international airport is operated by the AAI as a civil enclave in an Indian Navy naval airbase named INS Hansa. The airport is located in Dabolim which is about 30 kilometers from the capital of Goa, Panjim. The upgraded terminal of the airport was inaugurated in 2013 by AAI.
8. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport
- City: Ahmedabad
- State: Gujarat
Gandhinagar airport was set up in 1937 and in 2000, this airport was upgraded as an International airport. It is the main airport for the twin cities of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar of Gujarat, India. The airport is located in Hansol. Later it is named after Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the First Deputy Prime Minister of India. According to the business of Airport, it is the 7th busiest airport in India. It was awarded as “Most improved airport” in the Asia-Pacific region by the Airports Council International (ACI, which is a global trade representative of the world airport authorities. Established in 1991) for 2017.
9. Srinagar Airport
- City: Srinagar
- State: Jammu & Kashmir
It is also known as Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport or Budgam Airbase, which is a military airbase that serves Srinagar, and it is actually located in Budgam, which is 12 km from Srinagar. This airport is mainly used by the IAF and the AAI operates a civil enclave at the airport. In 2005, it was upgraded to an international airport. It has one asphalt runway, capable of handling wide-body jets such as the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 and this runway is one of the longest in the region.
10. Kempegowda International Airport
- City: Bengaluru
- State: Karnataka
It is an international airport spread over 4,000 acres in Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. As an alternative to increased congestion at HAL Airport, it started functioning in 2008, the main purpose of this airport is to give commercial support to the city. It is named after the founder of Bangalore Kempe Gowda I. It is becoming Karnataka’s first fully solar-powered airport developed by CleanMax Solar and third-busiest airport by passenger traffic and total cargo handled in the country. The airport consists of two runways and a passenger terminal and it is awarded as the best airport in Asia-Pacific in 2020 by Airports Council International.
11. Cochin International Airport
- City: Kochi
- State: Kerala
This is an international airport with a total area of over 225,000 square meters (largest airport in Kerala), located at Nedumbassery, about 25 km towards the northeast of the city Kochi, in Kerala, India. It is the first of its kind which is developed under a public-private partnership (PPP) model in India. Among all Indian Airports, it is the eighth busiest airport in India (The busiest airport in Kerala) in terms of international traffic and also the eighth busiest overall. it operates three passenger terminals and one cargo terminal and in 2020 the airport was awarded The Best Airport in Asia-Pacific by Airports Council International.
12. Calicut International Airport
- City: Kozhikode
- State: Kerala
Calicut International Airport is located in Karipur of Kerala state, it is also known as Karipur Airport. It is situated 28 kilometers away from Kozhikode city. The airport opened on 13 April 1988. In terms of the overall passenger traffic of India, it was the eleventh-busiest airport in India. After Kochi airport and Thiruvananthapuram airport, Karipur is the third-busiest airport in Kerala. It was upgraded as an international airport on 2nd February 2006 and it is one of few airports in the country with a tabletop runway.
Some other International Airports of India
Name of the State
|Kannur International Airport|
|Trivandrum International Airport|
|Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport|
|Raja Bhoj International Airport|
|Mangalore International Airport|
|Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport|
|Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport|
|Tulihal International Airport|
|Shillong International Airport|
|Biju Patnaik International Airport|
|Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport|
|Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport|
|Jaipur International Airport|
|Chennai International Airport|
|Coimbatore International Airport|
|Tiruchirappalli International Airport|
|Rajiv Gandhi International Airport|
|Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport|
|Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport|
|Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport|