Delhi’s IGI Airport Displaces Dubai to Be the World’s Second Busiest in March

Based on the number of seats booked to and from the airport, Delhi's IGI Airport (DEL) has surpassed Dubai as the world's second busiest airport.

Highlights

  • New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, has surpassed Dubai to become the world's second-busiest airport.
  • Airlines flying into Delhi offered roughly 3,611,181 seats, compared to Atlanta's 4,422,436 and Dubai's 3,554,527.
  • London, in fourth place, with 3,510,941 seats, and Dallas, in fifth place, with 3,460,566 seats, round out the top five.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been in existence for two years, but it remains to have an impact on aviation trends and statistics. The list of the world's busiest airports, for example, has undergone major revision in recent years. New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, has surpassed Dubai to become the world's second-busiest airport.

Based on the number of seats booked to and from the airport, Delhi's IGI Airport (DEL) has surpassed Dubai as the world's second busiest airport. According to the Official Airline Guide (OAG), except for Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Delhi saw more aeroplane seats in March than any other airport in the world.

Airlines flying into Delhi offered roughly 3,611,181 seats, compared to Atlanta's 4,422,436 and Dubai's 3,554,527. Since February, when it was ranked third behind Dubai, Delhi has risen one spot.

London, in fourth place, with 3,510,941 seats, and Dallas, in fifth place, with 3,460,566 seats, round out the top five.

Years ago, Delhi's IGI Airport overtaken Mumbai as the country's busiest airport. Mumbai was hit most hard during the pandemic, but it was also the city that recovered the fastest, with a 97 % in 2021-22. Nonetheless, it trailed Delhi, which handled 39 million passengers in 2021-22, compared to 22 million in Mumbai.

The most popular choice for international airlines wishing to extend their offerings in India is Delhi airport, which serves as a hub for most Indian carriers. It is also the busiest airport in the world for Airbus A320 flights, which are operated by the majority of Indian carriers, mainly IndiGo.

Datchanapriya is a journalism and mass communication student from Chennai. Has always been passionate about writing and connecting with people.

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