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Leading airports in India FY 2020, based on aircraft movements

At the end of fiscal year 2020, Indira Gandhi International Airport was the leading airport based on the number of aircraft movements, with over 450 thousand aircraft movements across India. The civil aviation industry has witnessed fast growth in the recent years. The south Asian country became the third largest domestic aviation market across the globe and was estimated to overtake the United Kingdom, to become the third largest overall air passenger market in 2024.

Aviation industry demographics

The number of international passenger arrivals in the country has increased gradually over the past few years. Rise in working group and middle-class incomes have accelerated air travel. Domestic as well as international passenger and freight traffic has increased gradually. As of March 2019, the country had 103 operational airports. Rising demand in the sector has also created a need for an increase in the number of airplanes and airports alike.

Boost from tourism

India has always been a major tourist attraction for people from across the globe. In 2015, there were more than eight million tourist arrivals in the country. With its vast array of different climates and cultures, the nation attracted over a million tourists in the month of November alone. The winter months attract more tourist arrivals, as the temperatures are moderate across the relatively hotter regions. The e-visa scheme, which is presumably to double the tourist inflow in the country, will likely push the aviation industry as well towards further development in services and infrastructure.

Busiest airports in India in financial year 2020, based on aircraft movements

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FY 2020

Supplementary notes

Note: India's financial year begins in April and ends in March. For example, FY 2016 started in April 2015 and ended in March 2016.

Aircraft movements data include domestic and international movements.
Values have been rounded.

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