Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is India’s most connected airport now. The Delhi airport is recognised as the most connected airport of the country post-COVID. Aircraft from the Delhi airport flew to 69 different domestic destinations across the country in October 2020. It is worth noting that this number of 69 destinations was actually 2 lesser (67) before the pandemic hit the world. Thus it really shows that the Indira Gandhi International Airport has worked its way around the pandemic and has been able to scale its operations despite the slowdown. More details on the story ahead.
Indira Gandhi International Airport the Most Connected Airport in India
Indira Gandhi International Airport has emerged as the most connected airport in the country. It is connected to 69 domestic destinations in India as of now. Followed by the IGIA airport, Bengaluru and Mumbai airport are connected to 59 cities each in India, Hyderabad with 57, Kolkata with 49, and Chennai with 44 cities.
Even though the international flight services are temporarily paused at the moment, special flights under Air Bubble agreements are still being operated between India and other nations. Under Air Bubble agreements, the Delhi Airport is connected with 66 different international destinations. Out the 66 international destinations, 26 fall in Asia, 14 in middle east, 11 in Europe, 4 in Africa, 3 in Australia, and 8 in North America. This data came from a release through the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL).
The domestic operations were resumed back on May 25, 2020. Since then, the Delhi Airport has served more than a million international passengers. In October 2020 only, the IGIA airport reached its 10 lakh (1 million) international passenger count.
There are some interesting facts that DIAL shared through its release. The Indira Gandhi International Airport in October handled two-third of the combined international traffic amongst the three metro airports. Adding to this, another interesting fact shared by the airport group was that the majority of flights that are operated through the Delhi airport are of IndiGo, SpiceJet, and Air India.