New Delhi, April 9: Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) of New Delhi has been ranked as one of the busiest airports in the world for 2017 in terms of traffic volumes. The airport was ranked at 22nd position in 2016 and this year it has reached 16th position.

And to surprise, New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport is no longer ranked among the 20 busiest in the world. It is out of the list. As per the Airports Council International (ACI), “Delhi, the country’s busiest airport for passenger traffic, grew by 14.1 percent year-over-year at 63.45 million, pushing it up from 22nd to the 16th busiest airport in the world.”

The ACI released list on Monday and it is based on the preliminary passenger traffic results for the most-traveled airports in 2017. ACI’s World Airport Traffic also predicted that the country will represent the third largest aviation market, in terms of passenger throughput, after the US and China by 2020.

Apart from New Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Chennai were also ranked among the fastest growing airports in the world with an year-over-year growth of 26.9 percent, 19.6 percent, 12.9 percent and 10.5 percent, respectively during 2017, the ACI said in the release.  Growing rapidly in a relatively short period of time, India is poised to be one of the largest aviation markets in the world in the years to come, the ACI said.

Meanwhile, Hartsfield-Jackson retained its place atop the list despite showing a decrease in passengers. The Airports Council International (ACI) was established in 1991 with an aim of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation.

(With agency inputs)