Delhi: IGI traffic up more than 30% compared to 2020, is now the 13th busiest airport in the world | Delhi News
In 2019, IGIA had reached its highest ever annual passenger figure of 6.9 crores.
The busiest airports in 2021 were Atlanta with 7.6 crore passengers, Dallas Fort Worth 6.2 crore passengers and Denver 5.9 crore passengers. Guangzhou in China was the busiest airport by passenger traffic in 2020 and fell to eighth place last year due to China’s ongoing travel restrictions.
In terms of aircraft movement, Delhi moved up seven places to 18th place in 2021 with 3.3 lakh planes entering and leaving – 32% more than 2.5 lakh in 2020. The busiest airports in this category were Atlanta (7.1 lakh aircraft movements), Chicago (6.8 lakh) and Dallas Forth Worth (6.5 lakh).
AIT is the professional association of the world’s airports with 717 members, operating 1,950 airports in 185 countries. The latest data covers traffic at more than 2,600 airports in more than 180 countries and territories.
With four runways, three mega terminals and India’s first elevated taxiway (to be operational next year), Delhi International Airport Ltd is gearing up to handle traffic from the world’s busiest hubs and consolidate its position India’s largest airport.
ACI said in a statement: “In 2021, the world’s airports handled 4.6 billion passengers, an increase of 28.3% compared to 2020 or a decrease of 49.5% compared to 2019. The top 20 airports, representing 19% of global traffic (86.3 million passengers), experienced a gain of 42.9% compared to 2020 or a decrease of 31.9% compared to their 2019 results (1.27 billion passengers in 2019).
ACI World Managing Director Luis Felipe de Oliveira said: “2021 represents the start of the recovery for the aviation industry. While some of the perennial leaders of the busiest airports have joined the upper ranks, other regions are struggling to recover, leading to new entrants into the top 20.”
No Indian airport was on ACI’s list of 20 busiest airports in terms of cargo handling last year. Hong Kong was at the top.