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Delhi’s IGI Airport Ranks Among Top 10 Busiest Airports Globally

The Airports Council International (ACI) World recently released its rankings for the busiest airports worldwide in 2023. Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport secured the tenth position, handling 7.22 crore passengers annually. This marks a significant progression from its 2019 ranking of 17th place, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ranking Trends

  • Steady Climb: IGI Airport has steadily climbed the ranks, from 17th in 2019 to 10th in 2023, showcasing consistent growth in passenger traffic over the years.
  • Global Trends: The ACI report highlights the dominance of US airports in the top 10 rankings, with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport maintaining its top position. Notable shifts include Dubai International Airport’s rise to second place and Tokyo Haneda International Airport’s remarkable ascent to fifth place from 16th in 2022.

Passenger Traffic Insights

  • International Segment Boost: The global air travel recovery in 2023 was primarily driven by the international segment, fueled by factors like China’s reopening and a growing inclination towards travel despite prevailing macroeconomic conditions.
  • Significant Growth: The top 10 airports, representing nearly 10% of global traffic, experienced a substantial 19.8% increase from 2022 or a 0.7% gain from pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

ACI Director’s Insights

  • Luis Felipe de Oliveira’s Commentary: ACI World Director General, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, highlighted the enduring strength of perennial US leaders in the top rankings. He noted Dubai International Airport’s significant jump to second place and Tokyo Haneda International Airport’s remarkable ascent.


  • Data Collection: The rankings are based on data collected from over 2,600 airports across more than 180 countries and territories globally, providing a comprehensive overview of global airport traffic trends.

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