Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has been adjudged the world’s best airport for the year 2014, under the category of handling 25 to 40 million passengers per annum. Airports Council International (ACI) presented the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) award to Indira Gandhi International Airport at a ceremony of the ACI Asia-Pacific/World Annual General Assembly on April 28, 2015 in Jordan. When Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport begins its operations, the capital city of India was transformed into an efficient, open and elegant city, inhabited by a thoughtful society.
If airports are an indication of a country’s economic progress, then India has certainly arrived on the world stage.
Here are some interesting facts about IGI Airport that you should definitely know:
1.The Delhi airport scored 4.90 on a scale of 5 points measured by 300 members of the ACI ASQ benchmarking programme
2.As many as 40 million passengers used IGIA to reach 58 domestic and 62 international destinations in 2014-15
3.IGIA hosts six domestic carriers, 56 international carriers and also has the capacity to handle the gigantic Airbus A380 aircraft
4.The airport was operated by the Indian Air Force before its management was transferred to the Airports Authority of India. In May 2006, the management of the airport was passed over to Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), a consortium led by the GMR Group
5.The airport uses an advanced system called Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) to help keep take-offs and landings timely and predictable
6.After the commencement of operations at Terminal 3 in the year 2010, IGIA became India’s and South Asia’s largest aviation hub, with a current capacity of more than 62 million passengers. There is a planned expansion program which will increase the airport’s capacity to handle 100 million passengers by year 2030. For the year 2014, the airport was among the top 30 busiest airports in the world with 39.7 million passengers handled, registering a 7.8 percent growth in traffic over the previous year.
7. Other Awards and Honours:
In 2010, Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) was conferred the fourth best airport award in the world in the 15-25 million category, and Best Improved Airport in the Asia-Pacific Region by Airports Council International. The airport was rated as the Best airport in the world in the 25-40 million passengers category in 2015, by Airports Council International. Delhi Airport also bagged two awards for The Best Airport in Central Asia/India and Best Airport Staff in Central Asia/India at the prestigious Skytrax World Airport Awards 2015.