The major airports of Delhi and Mumbai have been featured among the top five airports in the World with a capacity of handling over 40 million passengers. These airports are well equipped to handle more than half of the air traffic in South Asia.
Delhi International airport (Indira Gandhi international airport)
The Indira Gandhi international airport is one of the largest airports’ in India. It serves as a major civilian aviation hub for the National Capital Region of Delhi. The airport was leased to a private operator in 2006 and has undergone changes with the arrival of the brand new international terminal, Terminal 3, that went operational in 2010. Terminal 3 is one of the biggest terminals in the world and can handle 40 million passengers per year. Other terminals like Terminal 1 and 2 are used by low-cost carriers such as IndiGo, GoAir and SpiceJet. In 2016, IGIA gained accolades for handling 82 flight movements in an hour.
Major attractions at IGIA: Delhi International airport offers a wide range of Apparels, Electronics, Travel Accessories, jewellery and eateries for travellers. One can spend time by visiting Duty-free shops that sell more than 1000+ brands and over 43000+ products. An array of cafe and food joints serving scrumptious food is the ideal place for foodies.
Mumbai International airport (Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport)
The Mumbai airport is known as Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport. It became operational in 1942 and is named after a popular Maratha emperor, Chhatrapati Shivaji. It is one of the busiest airports of India and is the hub of Air India, JetConnect, Blue Dart Aviation, SpiceJet, GoAir, Jet Airways, and IndiGo. Inaugurated in 2014, the new Terminal-2 at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport has a one-of-its-kind unique infrastructural design in the world. From offering world-class convenience to a rich mix of Indian heritage and culture, Terminal 2 has become code F compliant and can handle World’s largest commercial A380-type aircraft operations.
Major attractions at CSIA: Mumbai airport boasts of ‘Jaya He’, India’s largest public art wall. The 3.2 km multi-storey Art Wall, comprises of more than 5000 pieces of artwork and artefacts from every region of India. Food court, eateries, spa’s, lounges, shopping arcade and library are some of the main facilities available to all travellers visiting the airport.
Chennai International airport
Chennai International airport (previously known as Madras International Airport) is the fourth busiest airport in India after Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. It is known as the main hub for arrivals and departures in South East Asia. On a daily basis, more than 400 aircraft arrive and depart from the airport. In 2001, Chennai Airport grabbed an award for being the first international airport in the country to receive ISO-9001-2000 certification.Initially, the airport was only able to handle nine million passengers before the expansion. But after modernization and redevelopment, the airport is expected to handle a capacity of over 40 million passengers a year. As a part of this expansion, new domestic and international terminals were built and opened in 2013.
Major attractions at Chennai airport: Duty-free outlets, bookstores, restaurants, cafes, gift shops and dormitory accommodations are some of the facilities available for travellers at the Chennai airport.
Calcutta International Airport ( Also Known as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport)
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is located in Kolkata and is said to be the fifth busiest airport in India. Initially, it was named as Dum Dum airport. But later, it was renamed to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport to honour renowned Bengali Indian patriot, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The airport has basically got three terminal buildings for handling domestic, international and cargo operations. In 2013, a new terminal, Terminal 2, was inaugurated as a part of the development plan. The L-shaped Terminal 2 integrates both international and domestic flights.
Major attractions at Calcutta airport: The ceiling of Terminal 2 is covered with the writings with the writings of the famous Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. From shoes, luggage, cosmetics, apparels to leather goods, travellers can engage themselves by visiting a number of national and international brands on International and domestic terminals. Duty-free shops are being enhanced to provide an array of tax-free products to visitors.
Bengaluru International Airport (Kempegowda International Airport)
Bengaluru International airport is named so as to pay honour to the founding father of Bangalore, Kempegowda. With the opening of the new Terminal 1A, the airport has managed to attain a top position of being South India’s busiest airport and India’s third largest after Delhi and Mumbai. The new Terminal 1A at Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) is said to handle more than 2 crore passengers a year.
Major attractions at Bengaluru airport: Books, South Indian apparels, food, cosmetics, liquor, leather items, reading rooms and gift shops are some of the main attractions to look out for.
Goa International airport (Dabolim Airport)
Build in 1955, the Dabolim Airport is located at the military airbase known as IND Hansa. The strong presence of military and navy near the airport is a major cause of air traffic congestion and its operations. Due to this limitation, another airport at Mopa had been proposed and is already at an early stage of construction with scheduled completion in 2020. In the past, Goa International Airport underwent through major transformation and development by AAI. The creation of a Multi-level car park, integrated terminal and construction of additional parking stands for aircraft has changed the face of the airport.
Major attractions at Goa airport: Food, clothes, cosmetics, jewellery and gift items from popular brands are some of the major attractions to check out.Travellers can take rest by visiting airport lounges, rest zones and nearby hotels during a layover.