New Delhi: The Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi has improved by four notches and stands at the 12th position among world’s busiest airports, as per a data released Airports Council International (ACI).

The Indian airport has overtaken Frankfurt, Dallas Forth Worth, Guangzhou and Istanbul Ataturk airports, from its previous 16th position, according to AIC’s preliminary world airport traffic rankings for 2018.

ACI’s statement read, “India became the world’s third-largest aviation market in terms of passenger throughput, behind the US and China, in 2018. India’s move towards a more liberalised aviation market and the nation’s strengthening economic fundamentals have helped it become one of the fastest-growing markets with its traffic growing rapidly in a relatively short time.”

The ACI report added that the Delhi airport witnessed a 10.2 per cent surge in the passengers of domestic and international flyers in 2018 when compared to 2017. The number of combined flyers in 2018 stood at 6.9 crores. Established in 1991, the ACI’s primary objective was to foster cooperation among other airports and global aviation partners. Currently, the ACI has 641 members operating from 1,953 airports across 176 countries.

As per the World Airport Traffic Forecast by ACI, India will take up the third spot in the largest aviation market in terms of passenger throughput, after US and China by 2020. Delhi airport is already the busiest and fastest growing airport in terms of passenger traffic.