The Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi is the favourite airport for the foreigners coming into the country. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the IGI airport has been declared as the most preferred gateway for the foreign travelers coming to India.
Reportedly, 46 percent of the tourists coming into the country took an e-Tourist Visa (e-TV) from the Delhi International Airport. This is almost three times more than the Mumbai International Airport. Next on the list is the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (formerly Sahar International Airport) - which accounts for 16.8 percent traffic of foreigners. Goa's Dabolim Airport is at the third spot with 9.5 percent, followed by the Chennai International Airport (5.8%) and the Bengaluru Airport (5.3%).
According to the information provided by the IATA, the airport at Delhi provides 27% of the total international departing seats from India and 40% of the total international departing seats from the six other metropolitan cities in India. In the domestic flights, Delhi offers 20% of all departing seats. According to the current reports, IGI airport sees a traffic of more than 60 airline companies. It presently connects to more than 140 destinations - offering service to 73 international destinations. The airport is working towards expanding its connectivity and enhancing its services further.
In terms of passenger growth, the Delhi airport has long surpassed Changi, Bangkok and Incheon airports, which are amongst the world's best airports. The T3 terminal is one of the largest airport terminals in the world. The IGI airport handles more than 60 million passengers annually as of 2017-18 and sees more than 1300 flight movements daily, both domestic and international. It is also the largest and the busiest airport in the country and the 21st busiest airport in the world.
By closely working with all the major aeroplane carriers from across the world, the Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi has well established itself as a true gateway to India. Due to the extensive connectivity offered by all the airports across the country, India's economy has profited greatly from the tourism with a large number of foreign tourists travelling to the country every day.
However, in the coming time, the air traffic in Delhi is likely to be disrupted due to maintenance works. According to Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL), one of the three runways would be shut down for preventive repairs. The work is expected to start from November 15. Reportedly, around 200 flights are likely to be affected due to the work.