Facts about Indian Airports
India is an enormous country and although there are excellent land transport links throughout the country, these are often overcrowded and uncomfortable and the distance between major centers requires lengthy journeys. It is for these reasons that internal flights within India are so popular.
India, Asia’s third-largest economy, has 450 airports and airstrips including those managed by the defense services and private companies.
Indian aircraft have been furiously expanding operations over the past two years, and new airlines have emerged because of booming demand for air travel. Indian companies have placed orders for new planes worth more than $10 billion.
The government estimates up to 200 billion rupees is needed over the next five years to bring Delhi and Mumbai airports to international standards.
1. Domestic flights sometimes land on the international terminus.
2. Kerala has 3 of the 14 International Airports in India.
3. Half the international airports, which are located in South India, are within 500 kilometers of each other.
4. The Subhash Chandra Bose airport in Kolkata was initially called ‘Dum Dum Airport’ until it was renamed after India’s freedom fighter.
5. The Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi is the busiest airport in India.
6. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai was initially named The Santa Cruz Airport by the British before it was nationalized post-Independence.
CSIA is India’s first airport to house a museum, following the likes of France’s Toulouse Airport and Espace Musees. However, Jaye He far surpasses all other airport museums in scale and ambition, what with nearly 7,000 artifacts, a three-kilometer-long art wall, and works by over 1,500 eminent artists and traditional craftsmen. The museum showcases both invaluable historic pieces as well as new works. Located in the bustling international Terminal 2, Jaye He is arguably the most visited museum in the world.
7. Trichy Airport has the shortest runway among the International Airports, spreading 816 feet.
8. Jubbarhatti Airport, a tiny airport is located 22 kilometers from the popular tourist destination of Shimla. It has just enough space to hold two small aircraft at a time. The now defunct Kingfisher Airlines was previously the sole carrier to operate flights to and from Jubbarhatti. The airport was revived in November 2015 after lying unused for over three years due to safety issues caused by soil erosion that had shrunk the runway.
9. Agatti Airport, this 4,000-foot stretch of a runway is the only airstrip in the union territory of Lakshadweep, a group of islands off the southwestern coast of the country. Ensconced by the Indian Ocean, this little airport can handle a maximum of 50 passengers at a time. It is serviced solely by Air India, which operates flights from Kochi and Bengaluru.
10. Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh
At an altitude of 3,256 meters above sea level, this is the eighteenth highest commercial airport in the world. Previously operated by the Indian Air Force, this airport is named after the statesman and monk, 19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche. The Airports Authority of India took over as of February 2016, with a view to expanding the airport for civilian purposes. Flights can only operate in the morning due to the presence of strong mountain winds in the afternoons.
Top 10 International Airports in India are:
►Indira Gandhi International Airport – Delhi
►Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport – Mumbai
►Kempegowda International Airport – Bengaluru
►Chennai International Airport – Chennai
►Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport – Kolkata
►Rajiv Gandhi International Airport – Hyderabad
►Cochin International Airport – Kochi
►Sardar Patel International Airport – Ahmedabad
►Goa International Airport – Dabolim
►Pune International Airport – Pune