Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in Delhi has been ranked as the world’s ninth busiest airport in 2022, handling 59.5 million passengers annually, according to data shared on Wednesday by the Airports Council International (ACI) World, a global organisation that measures and assesses airport standards.
Before the pandemic, IGI Airport was ranked 13th in 2021, and it was the 17th busiest airport in 2019.
ACI data also revealed a 60.2% increase in passenger traffic at the IGI Airport compared to the previous year, but it is still 13.1% lower than in 2019, indicating that, while passenger traffic has stabilised, it has yet to return to pre-pandemic levels.
The IGI Airport was also the only South and Southeast Asian airport to make the top ten list.
According to the ACI report, the top ten airports for total passenger traffic, which account for 10% of global traffic, saw a 51.7% increase from 2021. However, overall passenger traffic at these airports was around 85% higher than in 2019.
"With the resumption of international travel, preliminary figures indicate that 2022 global passenger traffic will reach close to 7 billion, representing an increase of 53.5% from 2021, or a 73.8% recovery from 2019 results," ACI said in the report.
With 93.6 million passengers in 2022, the world’s busiest airport remained Georgia’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which was also the busiest airport in 2021 and 2019.
The IGI Airport was one position behind London’s Heathrow Airport, which handled 61.6 million passengers, and Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, which handled 57.4 million passengers, was the world’s tenth busiest airport after the Delhi airport.
According to Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO of International Airport Limited (DIAL), the operator of IGI Aiport, the Delhi airport believes in being future-ready while maintaining global passenger experience standards for travellers.
"This achievement is the result of the combined efforts of all of our stakeholders." "The Indian aviation sector is writing a new chapter, and the Delhi airport is collaborating closely with the central government to make it a success story," he said.
“The new top ten busiest airports for passenger traffic reflect the resilience of the airport and aviation industry, as well as the eagerness of passengers to travel by air,” said ACI world director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira.
The ongoing recovery of air travel demand would not be possible without airports’ ongoing efforts to provide a safe, secure, efficient, and sustainable air transport ecosystem for the passengers we rely on and the communities we serve.
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