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The Indian aviation market is growing at a rapid pace. 150 million travellers pass through Indian airports, and IATA estimates that by 2020 traffic at Indian airports could touch 450 million, making it the third-largest aviation market in the world! The Airports Council International considers Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad to be among the top airports in the world. And Delhi alone is expected to see 90 million passengers annually by 2020.

Here are the Top 5 International Airports in India for 2013:

#1 Rajiv Gandhi International Airport

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is about 22 km from Hyderabad city. It was ranked Best Airport in India by UK-based aviation research organisation, Skytrax, jumping up from third position in 2012. It also features as world number two in the 5-15 millions passenger category, in the Airport Service Quality survey 2012. Hyderabad International airport is the world’s only airport to have received the British Safety Council’s Five Star Certification on health & safety management system. It is also the first Indian airport with Level-3 (optimisation) accreditation.

#2 Indira Gandhi International Airport

Location of airport: Palem, Delhi

Terminal 3 at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, India; SIHASAKPRACHUM /

Indira Gandhi International Airport serves as the primary airport of Delhi. With a handling capacity of more than 46 million passengers per year, it is India’s busiest, and South Asia’s largest airport. IGIA was ranked second-best airport in the world in the 25-40 million passengers category in 2011.

#3 Bengaluru International Airport

Location of airport: Bangalore, Karnataka

4 kilometres south of Devanahalli and 40 km from the business hub of Bangalore, Bengaluru International Airport, formerly known as HAL was awarded “India’s best airport” for the year 2011 by Skytrax.

#4 Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

Location of airport: Sahar, Mumbai, Maharashtra

The second busiest airport in India, CSIA handles more than half of South Asia’s air traffic. CSIA was ranked third-best in the world in the 25–40 million passengers category by Airports Council International, in 2011.

#5 Chennai International Airport

Location of airport: Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Chennai airport terminal; Navaneeth Nagarajan,

Chennai International Airport is the third busiest airport in India. It handled 13.5 million passengers in 2012 with about 325 aircraft movements a day. It is the first airport in India to have international and domestic terminals side by side and is the regional headquarters of the Airports Authority of India for south India.

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If ever there was a career that involved the study of sleeping cats, Rashmi Deshpande would probably be in it. But for now, she is in an industry she loves--the travel industry. Rashmi has worked with Femina as an Assistant Manager, and freelanced for several online and offline publications such as Lonely Planet India magazine and Nat Geo Traveller India. She currently works as the online content manager with Cox & Kings.

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