New Delhi, April 10: Displacing New York’s JFK Airport, national capital’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) has jumped into the list of top 20 busiest airports in terms of traffic volumes in 2017. With 103 million passengers (both departing and arriving), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) topped the list. The ranking is based on the preliminary passenger traffic results for the most-travelled airports in 2017, released by the Airports Council International (ACI) on Monday.

“Delhi, the country’s busiest airport for passenger traffic, grew by 14.1 per cent year-over-year at 63.45 million, pushing it up from 22nd to the 16th busiest airport in the world,” the ACI said in the release.   Delhi was also ranked first in Airport Service Quality for airports above 40 million passengers per annum along with the Mumbai airport, it said.

Apart from Delhi’s IGI, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai were ranked among the fastest growing airports in the world with an year-over-year growth of 26.9 per cent, 19.6 per cent, 12.9 per cent and 10.5 per cent, respectively during 2017, the ACI said in the release.

The Airports Council International also predicted that  India will be one of the largest aviation markets in the world in future as it is growing rapidly in relatively short span of time.

“With an astounding population base of over 1.3 billion inhabitants, the move towards a more liberalised aviation market coupled with stronger economic fundamentals has helped to awaken the Bengal tiger to become one of the fastest growing markets in the world,” the ACI added further.

(With agency inputs)