India is a sovereign, republic, democratic, secular nation with a Parliamentary system of government. India is divided into 28 States and 8 Union Territories, each of which has multiple airports, to ease the connectivity between various States and cities of the country. We have all 486 total airports in India which include flying schools, airstrips and military bases. Of these, 123 airports are open for commercial flights while there are 35 International airports in India. In this article, we will see major airports in India and the various details with respect to each major airport of each state.

Table of Content:

  1. Airports in India
  2. How many airports are in India?
  3. Which is the largest airport in India?
  4. List of International airports in India?
  5. Which is the first International airport in India?
  6. Upcoming International airports in India?

List of Airports in India State Wise:

1. Andhra Pradesh:

Amaravati is the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, the state has 7 airports, 3 international airports at Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Tirupati and 4 domestic airports at Rajahmundry, Puttaparthi, Kadapa and Kurnool, of which Visakhapatnam International Airport is the largest and busiest airport. It also operates as a civil enclave for the Indian navy airbase in the name of INS Dega. The following are the various details about the Visakhapatnam airport.

  • Airport Name: Visakhapatnam airport.
  • Address: NH 16 Opp, Viman Nagar, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 530009.
  • Code: VTZ.
  • Daily Average Passengers: Approximately 7800 passengers travel daily from Visakhapatnam airport.
  • Distance From the City: Approximately 11kms or 15 minutes distance from the city.
  • Hub For: Alliance Air.
  • Opened Year: 1981.

Airport Highlights:

  • The airport has two runways.
  • 10/28 (east-west orientation) – For both civil and military operations.
  • 05/23 (Northeast-southwest orientation) – Exclusively for the military.
  • Both domestic and international flights fly from here.
  • The airport operates 24X7.

2. Arunachal Pradesh:

Arunachal Pradesh is the largest North-Eastern state in India. And though Itanagar is the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh, it is still yet to have an airport. Pasighat airport is the biggest airport in Arunachal Pradesh.

  • Airport Name: Pasighat airport.
  • Address: East Siang, Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh 791102.
  • Code: IXT.
  • Daily Average Passengers: Less than 50.
  • Distance from the City: 3kms.
  • Opened Year: 2017 for passengers.

Airport Highlights:

  • The airport was first built in 1962 during the Sino-Indian war but was never used until 2009.
  • In 2010 an airstrip was constructed.
  • A new passenger terminal was built in 2017, and the first domestic flight landed at the Pasighat airport in May 2018.

3. Assam:

Originally Shillong was the capital city of Assam, but later it got shifted to Dispur in 1972. It is a suburb in Guwahati, and so Guwahati is often referred to as the capital city of Assam. There are 6 major airports in Assam of which the Guwahati airport is the International airport while the Dibrugarh, Jorhat, North Lakhimpur, Silchar and Tezpur are domestic airports.

  • Airport Name: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International airport or the Guwahati International Airport.
  • Address: Borjhar, Guwahati, Assam 781015.
  • Code: GAU.
  • Daily Average Passengers: More than 16000.
  • Distance from the City: 21kms and an approximately 25-minute drive.
  • Hub for: None but focus city for SpiceJet.
  • Opened Year: 1958.

Airport Highlights:

  • The airport is located 26kms from Dispur, the capital city of Assam.
  • It has undergone numerous expansions and renovations since 1958 and handled more than 6 million passengers in 2018-19 with more than 55,000 aircraft movements in the same period.

4. Bihar:

Bihar is the 19th largest State of India and the third-largest by way of population. Patna is the capital city of Bihar and the 19th most populated city in India. It is also the 5th fastest growing city in India. There are in all two operational airports in Bihar – The Gaya airport and the Patna airport. The Patna airport is an International airport but still operates as a Domestic airport owing to its short runway.

  • Airport Name: Jay Prakash Narayan International Airport.
  • Address: ShaheedPir Ali Khan Marg, Sheikhpura, Patna, Bihar 800014.
  • Code: PAT.
  • Daily Average Passengers: 8600+ passengers.
  • Distance from the City: 5kms.
  • Opened Year: 1973.

Airport Highlights:

  • Classified as a restricted International Airport owing to its short runway.
  • Undergoing a major makeover, expected to be completed in 2021.
  • The new airport will be constructed on 13 acres of land with a world-class two-storey terminal building.
  • The proposed extension will be sufficient to handle traffic until 2035 and handle at least 60 lakh passengers per annum.

5. Chhattisgarh:

Chattisgarh is one of the 29 States in India located in the centre-east part of the country. It is the 10th largest state in India with a new Capital Naya Raipur which will soon be named as Atal Nagar in the fond memory of our Late Ex-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Chhattisgarh has only two operational Domestic, and commercial airports which are in Ambikapur and Raipur where the Raipur airport is the primary airport serving the state of Chhatisgarh.

  • Airport Name: Swami Vivekananda airport.
  • Address: Ramchandi, Atal Nagar, Chhattisgarh 492015.
  • Code: RPR.
  • Daily Average Passengers: Approximately 5400.
  • Distance from the City: Approximately 16kms or a 19-minute drive.
  • Hub for: Chhattisgarh Air Link.
  • Opened Year: 2012.

Airport Highlights:

  • 29th busiest airport of India from a passenger point of view and 32nd from an aircraft point of view.
  • Has a single runway 06/24.
  • Well equipped with night landing facilities.

6. Goa:

This is a state on the western coast of India with a single operational International airport called the Dabolim airport. It operates in a military airbase as a civil enclave under the name INS Hansa. The airport is located 4km from the nearest city Vasco Da Gama, 23kms from Margo and 30kms from the capital State of Panjim.

  • Airport Name: Dabolim airport.
  • Address: Airport Rd, Dabolim, Goa 403801.
  • Code: GOI.
  • Daily Average Passengers: 20000+
  • Distance from the city: 4km from Vasco Da Gama and 30km from Panjim.
  • Opened Year: 1955.

Airport Highlights:

  • This airport was built back in 1955 by the government of Estado da India Portuguese.
  • More than 130 flights operate daily from this airport both domestic and International.
  • The new terminal can cater 5 million passengers annually.

7. Gujarat:

Located on the western coast, Gujarat is one of the most diverse states in India. Being the home town of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, it is often referred to as the Land of Lions and Legends. Gandhinagar is the capital city of Gujarat which got its name from the Father of the Nation. Gujarat has more than 10 operational domestic airports out of which only one serves as an International Airport.

  • Airport Name: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport.
  • Address: Hansol, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380003.
  • Code: AMD.
  • Daily Average Passengers: 25000+
  • Distance from the City: Approximately 12kms with a travel time of 15 minutes.
  • Hub For: None but focus city for IndiGo.
  • Opened Year: Set up in 1937, but the International operations began in 1991.

Airport Highlights:

  • The airport was categorised as an International Airport in the year 2000.
  • A new terminal 2 was inaugurated in 2010 to cater the international operations.
  • The airport has a 700kWp rooftop solar panel which was commissioned in the year 2017.
  • The airport has 45 parking bays, and both the domestic and international terminals have 4 aero-bridges each.
  • The airport has a single runway which is 3505 meters long.

8. Haryana:

This state is located in the northern part of the country astonishingly combined both antiquity and plenty. Chandigarh is the capital city of Haryana which has derived its name from Chandi Temple located in close vicinity of the city. Haryana has 3 domestic airports and 2 defence airports. Of the 3 domestic airports, only the Hisar airport is open for commercial flights while the other two are a recreational airstrip and a flying schools respectively.

  • Airport Name: Hisar Airport.
  • Address: Kumharia Rd, Police Line Hissar, Khara Kheri, Haryana 125001.
  • Code: HSS.
  • Distance from the City: 5kms from the Northeast city center.
  • Hub for: Pinnacle Air.
  • Opened Year: 1965.

Airport Highlights:

  • This is a current public domestic and proposed International airport.
  • Currently, there are no scheduled departures from this airport.
  • It has a single runway made of asphalt 12/30.
  • The students in Hisar are running a campaign to collect 1,11,000 signatures to submit it to the PM of India to name the airport after the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sandhu.

9. Himachal Pradesh:

Himachal Pradesh also joins Jammu-Kashmir to become the state with 2 capitals. In the year 2017, Dharamshala was declared to be Himachal Pradesh’s winter capital while Shimla will be its capital at other times. Himachal Pradesh has 3 operating Domestic airports – The Kullu Airport, The Kangra Airport, and the Shimla Airport. The Kullu airport has been the busiest of all the 3.

  • Airport Name: Kullu Manali Airport.
  • Address: Bhuntar, Himachal Pradesh 175125.
  • Code: KUU.
  • Daily Average Passengers: Approximately 160.
  • Distance from the City: 11kms from Kullu and 52kms from Manali.
  • Opened Year: The new terminal of Kullu airport was inaugurated in 2008 with a facility to park 2 aircraft at a time.

Airport Highlights:

  • This is a challenging airport for the pilots as the single runway is located in a deep valley.
  • To improve its connectivity, the airport has been proposed to be upgraded.

10. Jammu Kashmir:

This state, located in Northern India, is often denoted by its acronym J&K. Mostly located in the Himalayan ranges this State shares its borders with the States of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. The State has 7 airports of which 4 are exclusively Defense Air Base, 2 Domestic airports and 1 International Airport. The Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh in Jammu and Kashmir is the highest airport in India.

  • Airport Name: Sheikh Ul-Alam International Airport.
  • Address: Indra Gandhi Road, Humhama, Badgam, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir 190007.
  • Code: SXR.
  • Daily Average Passengers: 6600+.
  • Distance from the City: Approximately 12kms or a 15-minute drive.
  • Opened Year: 1979.

Airport Highlights:

  • Though classified as International Airport, this airport handles only domestic flights except for the special flight to Hajj for the pilgrims.
  • Integrated terminal with one asphalt runway.
  • Though the airport is equipped for night landing, as of February 2019 the airport still doesn’t handle any night operations.

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11. Jharkhand:

Jharkhand is one of the richest mineral zones in the whole world and contains 40% of India’s mineral reserves and 29% of India’s coal reserves respectively. It is the only state of India that produces coking coal, uranium, and pyrite. Ranchi is the capital city of Jharkhand, and the Birsa Munda Airport is the primary airport serving the city of Ranchi. The Sonari Airport in Jamshedpur is another airport in Jharkhand besides the Ranchi airport.

  • Airport Name: Birsa Munda Airport.
  • Address: Ranchi, Jharkhand 834002.
  • Code: IXR.
  • Daily Average Passengers: 4800+
  • Distance from the City: 5kms.
  • Opened Year: 2013.

Airport Highlights:

  • The airport is named after Birsa Munda, the tribal freedom fighter of India.
  • The airport has 6 escalators and 2 aero-bridges.
  • It is the 28th busiest airport in India.
  • With a new cargo terminal inaugurated in 2017, the terminal can even handle 50MT of cargo each day.

12. Karnataka:

Karnataka is the state in Southern India with Bengaluru as its capital. After independence, Karnataka was formed in 1956. Bengaluru plays the role of leading information technology exporter of India and hence is also known as the Silicon Valley of India. The leading technological organisations such as Wipro, ISRO, and Infosys all have their headquarters in Bengaluru. Karnataka has more than 5 Domestic airports and 2 International Airports – The Kempegowda International Airport and the Mangalore International Airport.

  • Airport Name: Kempegowda International Airport.
  • Address: KIAL Rd, Devanahalli, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560300.
  • Code: BLR.
  • Daily Average Passengers: More than 73000.
  • Distance from the City: Approximately 35 kilometres from the centre of the city or a 45-minute drive.
  • Hub for: Air Asia India, Alliance Air, IndiGo, Go Air.
  • Opened Year: 2008.

Airport Highlights:

  • This airport is owned by Bengaluru International Airport Limited a public-private consortium.
  • This airport was opened in 2008 to divert the increased congestion at the HAL airport, the primary airport in Bengaluru.
  • It is the third busiest airport in India after Mumbai and Delhi airports and is the 29th busiest airport in Asia.
  • It is also Karnataka’s first fully solar-powered airport.
  • It has a single runway 09/27 that caters for both domestic as well as International traffic.

13. Kerala:

This Southwestern state situated on the Malabar Coast is India’s most idyllic state and is best known for tourism. Thiruvananthapuram is the capital city of Kerala which means the town of Lord Anantha. Kerala has 4 airports, and all 4 of them are International airports. Cochin International Airport is the first international airport in India and the busiest airport in Kerala.

  • Airport Name: Cochin International Airport.
  • Address: Airport Rd, Kochi, Kerala 683111.
  • Code: COK.
  • Daily Average Passengers: 27000+
  • Distance from the city: 25kms northeast of the town.
  • Hub for: Air India Express.
  • Opened Year: 1936.

Airport Highlights:

  • Most significant and the busiest airport in Kerala.
  • The first airport in India to be developed under a public-private partnership.
  • The 4th busiest airport in India in terms of international traffic.
  • The overall 7th busiest airport in India.
  • World’s first fully solar-powered airport.
  • In 2018, this airport was selected for the highest environmental honor by the UN, the very coveted Champion of the Earth award.

14. Madhya Pradesh:

Madhya Pradesh is the state located in Central India and hence this name. Bhopal is the capital city of MP whereas Indore is its largest city. Other major cities in Madhya Pradesh include Jabalpur, Ujjain, Gwalior, etc. Bhopal is known as the city of Lakes, and The Bhopal lake is also known as the upper lake is India’s oldest manmade lake. Madhya Pradesh has 6 airports, all of which are Domestic airports only. There are no International airports in Madhya Pradesh. (The Indore airport, however, will soon cater International flights as well).

  • Airport Name: Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport.
  • Address: Airport Rd, Indore, Madhya Pradesh 452005.
  • Code: IDR.
  • Daily Average Passengers: 6200+
  • Distance from the City: 8km.
  • Opened Year: 1948.

Airport Highlights:

  • It is the busiest airport of central India.
  • The best airport under the below 2 million footfall category in the Asia Pacific region.
  • The World Books of Records has bestowed the World’s Standardization Certificate to this airport for the achievement of ACI award 2017.
  • Since March 2018, this airport has begun 24X7 operations with night landings.

15. Maharashtra:

Maharashtra is a state in Western India and occupies a substantial portion of the Deccan Plateau. Mumbai is the Capital city of Maharashtra and is also known as the financial capital of India. Maharashtra has more than 8 airports of which 3 are International Airports including Mumbai, Nagpur, and Pune.

  • Airport Name: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
  • Address: Mumbai, Maharashtra 400099.
  • Code: BOM.
  • Daily Average Passengers: More than 1,30,000.
  • Distance from the City: 25kms and an approximate travel time of 35 minutes.
  • Hub For: Air India, Go Air, IndiGo, SpiceJet and Alliance Air.
  • Opened Year: 1930.

Airport Highlights:

  • The primary airport serving the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
  • The second busiest airport of India after New Delhi.
  • 14th busiest airport in Asia and 28thbusiest airport in the world.
  • It has 3 operational terminals and is spread over a total area of 1850 acres.
  • On average, it handles 950 aircrafts a day and handles a record 1007 aircraft in December 2018.
  • It was adjudged as the Best Airport in India and Central Asia along with IGI Airport in 2017.
  • It is one of the most beautiful airports in India.

16. Manipur:

Manipur is a state in the Northeastern region in India with Imphal as its capital city. It is a land bounded State with Nagaland to its North, Assam to it’s West and Mizoram to its South. It shares a border with Burma to the East. It has only one Airport in the Capital city, which is also an International Airport.

  • Airport Name: Bir Tikendrajit International Airport.
  • Address: NH 150, Imphal, Manipur 795140.
  • Code: IMF.
  • Daily Average Passengers: 5300+
  • Distance from the City: 8km towards the South of Imphal.

Airport Highlights:

  • The second-largest airport in the northeastern region after Guwahati.
  • It has a single runway 04/22 which is 2744 m long and made up of Asphalt.
  • This airport connects northeastern India with the major cities of the nation such as Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, and Guwahati.

17. Meghalaya:

Meghalaya is the state in Northeastern India, and it means abode of clouds in Sanskrit. Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya, and it is the only hill station that can be accessed from all the four sides. Under the British Rule, Shillong was the capital of composite Assam, but after the formation of Meghalaya as an independent state in 1972, Shillong became its capital. Meghalaya has 2 domestic airports, one in Shillong and another in Tura. However, there are no scheduled flights from Tura airport yet.

  • Airport Name: Shillong Airport or Umroi Airport.
  • Address: Shillong Airport Road, Umroi, Meghalaya 793103
  • Code: SHL.
  • Daily Average Passengers: Data not available.
  • Distance from the City: 30km.
  • Opened Year: Constructed in 1970 and renovated in 2011.

Airport Highlights:

  • At present only one flight operates from Shillong airport that is Alliance Airlines which starts from Kolkata.
  • The Airport has parking facility for a single ATR-42 aircraft.
  • It has a single runway 04/22 made up of concrete which is 1829m long.

18. Mizoram:

Mizoram is a mountainous State nestled in the southern tip of the northeastern region of India. Aizawl is the political and cultural hub of Mizoram, which is also the capital city of Mizoram. All the commercial activities of Mizoram take place from Aizawl. The Aizawl airport is the stand-alone airport in the State of Mizoram which connects Mizoram to Kolkata and Imphal.

  • Airport Name: Lengpui Airport.
  • Address: Aizawl, Mizoram 796421.
  • Code: AJL.
  • Daily Average Passengers: 500 plus.
  • Distance from the City: 32km from Aizawl.
  • Opened Year:1998.

Airport Highlights:

  • The airport can cater to 300 passengers incoming and outgoing at a time
  • It is one of the smallest airports in India.
  • Before this airport, the nearest railhead from Aizawl was 130kms away.
  • The airport has a single runway 17/35 which is made up of asphalt.

19. Nagaland:

Nagaland is the northeastern state of India. It is one of the smaller states of India. Kohima is the capital city of Nagaland. The name Kohima was given by Britishers and came from kewhi flowers. They could not pronounce Kewhima or Kewhira, and so they named it Kohima. Surprisingly there is no airport in the capital city of Kohima, and the only airport in the State of Nagaland is the Dimapur airport.

  • Airport Name: Dimapur Airport.
  • Address: 3rd Mile, Dimapur, Nagaland 797112.
  • Code: DMU.
  • Average Passengers: Data not available.
  • Distance from the City: 7kms.
  • Opened Year: During World War II.

Airport Highlights:

  • This airport was built during World War II.
  • It is the only civil airport in the state of Nagaland.
  • The terminal is capable of handling 500 departing passengers and 300 arriving passengers at a time.
  • At present only 2 airlines operate here that connect Nagaland to Kolkata, Imphal, and Delhi.

20. Odisha:

Odisha is one of the 29 States located in Eastern India. Originally Cuttack was the capital city of Odisha. However, in 1948, Bhubaneshwar replaced it to become the capital of Odisha. Bhubaneshwar is also known as the temple city of India. There are 3 private, 3 Domestic and 1 International airport currently operational in Odisha. There are numerous other airports which have been currently shut down. The Bhubaneshwar airport is the only International airport in Odisha.

  • Airport Name: Biju Patnaik International Airport.
  • Address: Airport Rd, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751020.
  • Code: BBI.
  • Daily Average Passengers: 8900+
  • Distance from the City: 6kms from the city and 4kms from the Bhubaneshwar railway station.
  • Hub for: Air Odisha.
  • Opened Year: 1962.

Airport Highlights:

  • This is the only International airport serving the State of Odisha.
  • It is the 15th busiest airport of India and the 11 Th busiest airport managed by the Airport Authority of India.
  • There are 2 separate terminals – T1 and T2 to handle domestic and international traffic, respectively.
  • There are 2 runways 05/23 and 14/32, both of which are made of asphalt.

21. Punjab:

Punjab, the heart of India’s Sikh community, is a state bordering Pakistan. Chandigarh is the capital city of 2 states – Punjab and Haryana and is a Union territory by itself. Punjab has 5 domestic and 2 International airports and 1 exclusive defence Air Base. The Amritsar airport is an International airport and the largest one serving the State of Punjab.

  • Airport Name: Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport.
  • Address: Ajnala Rd, Raja Sansi, Punjab 143101.
  • Code: ATQ.
  • Daily Average Passengers: 6300+
  • Distance from the City: 11kms.
  • Hub for: IndiGo.
  • Opened Year: 2005.

Airport Highlights:

  • Largest and the busiest airport of Punjab.
  • Fastest growing airport of 2017-18 in terms of passenger footfall.
  • The airport terminal has 4 aerobridges and has an annual capacity of catering 1.46 million people with a capacity of handling 1200 passengers in the peak hours.
  • It has parking of a total of 25 aircrafts.

22. Rajasthan:

It is a state in Northern India sharing its border with Pakistan. The various palaces and forts in this State are the witness of the many kingdoms that historically vied for the third region. Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, is the capital of Rajasthan. There are 5 domestic airports, 3 Defence airbase and 1 International airport in Rajasthan.

  • Airport Name: Jaipur International Airport.
  • Address: Airport Rd, Sanganer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302017.
  • Code: JAI.
  • Daily Average Passengers: More than 13000.
  • Distance from the City: 13kms from Jaipur.
  • Hub for: Supreme Airlines, Alliance Air.
  • Opened Year: In 2005 this airport received the status of International Airport.

Airport Highlights:

  • This is the only International airport in the state of Rajasthan.
  • The civil apron of Jaipur airport can accommodate 14 aircrafts and can handle passenger traffic of 1000 at any point in time.
  • It has 2 runways 09/27 and 15/33.
  • This airport has a 1.8MW solar power plant which will cater 60-70% of the power requirement of the Jaipur airport. This will save a lot of money for the Jaipur airport.

23. Sikkim:

Sikkim is a state in the northeastern region of India which shares its borders with Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. A part of Sikkim is in the Himalayas and thus has a dramatic landscape. This State also features the highest mountain of India, i.e. the Kanchenjunga. Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim. The Pakyong airport of Gangtok is the only airport in the state of Sikkim.

  • Airport Name: Pakyong Airport.
  • Address: Pakyong, Sikkim 737106.
  • Code: PYG.
  • Daily Average Passengers: 240+
  • Distance from the City: 28km from Gangtok which will take an hour’s drive to reach the airport.
  • Opened Year: 24th September 2018.

Airport Highlights:

  • This is the most recent airport in India.
  • Before the construction of this airport, Sikkim was the only State of India that did not have an airport.
  • It is one of the 5 highest airports of India.
  • It is also the first Greenfield airports constructed in the Northeastern region of India.
  • It is the 100th operational airport of India.
  • PM Modi inaugurated this airport on 24th September 2018.

24. Tamil Nadu:

Tamil Nadu, the South Indian State of India is known for its Dravidian styled Hindu temples. Chennai is the capital city of Tamil Nadu which is 380 years old. This city which was once a no man’s land in 1639, has developed to become a major industrial, cultural and business centre of India. The Chennai Corporation (formerly known as the Madras Corporation) is the oldest municipal corporation of India which was established back in 1688. Tamil Nadu has 3 domestic, 3 International and 5 defense airbases. The Chennai International airport is the 4th busiest airport of India behind Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

  • Airport Name: Chennai International Airport.
  • Address: GST Rd, Meenambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600027.
  • Code: MAA.
  • Daily Average Passengers: More than 55000.
  • Distance From the City: 14kms and a barely 15minutes drive.
  • Hub For: IndiGo, Alliance Air, Blue Dart Aviation, Trujet.
  • Opened Year: 1910.

Airport Highlights:

  • It’s the first airport of India that had domestic and International terminals located adjacent to each other.
  • It is also the regional headquarters of Airport Authorities of India for South India.
  • It is one of the first airports in India.
  • It has 2 runways – 07/25 and 12/30.
  • It is the 4th busiest airport of India and handles more than 400 aircrafts movements daily.

25. Telangana:

Telangana is the new State constituted by separating from Andhra Pradesh on 29th June 2014. Until 2015 Hyderabad was the joint capital of Telangana and Hyderabad but now it is only the capital of Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh got the new capital of Amaravati. The Hyderabad International airport is the only airport in Telangana. 3 other Domestic airports have been proposed, and construction is going on, but it will take time before they get completed.

  • Airport Name: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.
  • Address: Shamshabad, Hyderabad, Telangana 500409.
  • Code: HYD.
  • Daily Average Passengers: 50000+
  • Distance from the City: It is located in Shamshabad, 24kms South of Hyderabad.
  • Hub for: Alliance Air, Air India Regional, Lufthansa Cargo, Quikjet Cargo, SpiceJet, and TruJet.
  • Opened Year: 23rd March 2008.

Airport Highlights:

  • It is the only airport in the capital city of Hyderabad that serves the State of Telangana.
  • The airport features one passenger terminal, one cargo terminal and has 2 runways – 09L/27R and 09R/27L.
  • This airport was opened to replace the former Begumpet airport which was unable to handle the rising traffic.
  • It also features aviation training facilities, a solar power plant, a fuel farm, and 2 MRO facilities.
  • It is the 6th busiest airport of India from the viewpoint of passenger traffic.
  • It is one of the biggest airports in India.

26. Tripura:

Tripura is a hilly State located in the northeastern region of India and bordered on the 3 sides by Bangladesh. It is home to various tribal communities. Agartala is the capital city of Tripura. The literacy rate is Agartala according to the census of 2011 was 93.88% which is way higher than the national literacy rate. The Agartala domestic airport is the only airport serving the State of Agartala.

  • Airport Name: Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport.
  • Address: Agartala, Tripura 799009.
  • Code: IXA.
  • Daily Average Passengers: 3700+
  • Distance from the City: 12kms.
  • Opened Year: 1942.

Airport Highlights:

  • It is the 3rd busiest airport in Northeast India after Guwahati.
  • It is the 3rd largest airport of Northeast India after Imphal.
  • It is proposed to be upgraded as an International Airport.
  • The former primary runway of 05/23 is now used as a taxiway to the new runway 18/36.

27. Uttar Pradesh:

It is the State in Northern India. It is the State that has the privilege to hold one of the 7 Wonders of the World – The Taj Mahal which is in Agra city. With a population of more than 200 million, it is the most populous state of India. Lucknow, popularly known as ‘The city of Nawabs’ is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh and also has one of the 2 International airports in Uttar Pradesh. The other one being in Varanasi. There are 4 active domestic airports and more than 15 proposed airports which will come in the near future.

  • Airport Name: Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport.
  • Address: Amausi, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226009.
  • Code: LKO.
  • Daily Average Passengers: 13000+
  • Distance from the City: 10kms and driving time of 12 minutes.
  • Opened Year: 1986.

Airport Highlights:

  • This airport is named after the 5th Prime Minister of India, Chaudhary Charan Singh.
  • The airport was originally constructed to facilitate the VVIPs, but with an increase in the number of passengers, in 2005 it was upgraded to the civil airport.
  • It has one runway 09/27.
  • The airport is connected to Lucknow by Lucknow Metro.

28. Uttarakhand:

Uttarakhand is the new name of the former state Uttaranchal. It is situated in northern India and is often referred to as ‘Devbhumi.’ It is a land of sublime spirituality and untouched natural beauty. Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand. The State has 3 domestic airports.

  • Airport Name: Dehradun Airport is also known as Jolly Grant Airport.
  • Address: Airport Road, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248140.
  • Code: DED.
  • Daily Average Passengers: 3000+
  • Distance from the City: 30km from Dehradun city, 21km from Rishikesh and 44km from Haridwar.
  • Opened Year: 1974.

Airport Highlights:

  • The Jolly Grant airport is the 36th busiest airport of India.
  • It is known as the air gateway of the Garhwal.
  • The flight operations at the Jolly Grant airport was suspended from March 2007 to March 2008, for renovation.
  • The airport has a capacity of handling 150 passengers at a time during peak hours.

29. West Bengal:

This state, located in Eastern India, is situated between the Himalayas and the Bay of Bengal. Formerly known as Calcutta, Kolkata is the capital. The State has 2 domestic and 1 International airport.

  • Airport Name: Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport.
  • Address: Jessore Rd, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal 700052.
  • Code: CCU.
  • Daily Average Passengers: Approximately 55000.
  • Distance from the city: Approximately 17kms.
  • Hub for: Air India, Air Asia India, Alliance Air, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Go Air.
  • Opened Year: 1929.

Airport Highlights:

  • The airport handled more than 20 million passengers in 2017-18 and is the fifth busiest airport in India.
  • It is a major center for flights to Northeast India, Bhutan, China, Bangladesh, and Southeast Asia.
  • The airport has 2 parallel runways – 01L/19R and 01R/19L.

There has been a phenomenal increase in the inbound and outbound travellers in India over the past 2 years and to cater to them a lot of new Domestic and International airports are upcoming, and expansion is going on at many current airports. Currently, there are 132 airports in India that are operational, and soon there will be many more. Those above are the details of one important airport in each of the 29 States of India.


Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:

Q1. How many airports are in India?

Ans: The total number of airports in India that are currently operational is 132. Out of them, 80 are domestic airports in India. So if you ask how many domestic airports in India, then the answer is 80.

Q2. Which is the largest airport in India?

Ans: The Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi is the busiest and the largest airport in India.

Q3. List of International airports in India?

Ans: Among the total international airports in India, currently operational are 52. The following is the list of all International airports in India.

  • Veer Savarkar International Airport, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • Visakhapatnam Airport, Andhra Pradesh.
  • Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Telangana.
  • Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Assam.
  • Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.
  • Dabolim Airport (Goa International Airport), Goa.
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Gujarat.
  • Kempegowda International Airport, Karnataka.
  • Mangalore International Airport, Karnataka.
  • Cochin International Airport, Kerala.
  • Calicut International Airport, Kerala.
  • Trivandrum International Airport, Kerala.
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Maharashtra.
  • Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Maharashtra.
  • Tulihal Airport, Manipur.
  • Biju Patnaik International Airport, Odisha.
  • Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Punjab.
  • Jaipur International Airport, Rajasthan.
  • Chennai International Airport, Tamil Nadu.
  • Coimbatore International Airport, Tamil Nadu.
  • Tiruchirapalli International Airport, Tamil Nadu.
  • Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, West Bengal.
  • Gaya Airport, Bihar.
  • Surat International Airport, Gujarat.
  • Vadodara International Airport, Gujarat.
  • Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport, Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Kannur International Airport, Kerala.
  • Pune International Airport, Maharashtra.
  • Birsa Munda Airport, Jharkhand.
  • Bagdogra Airport, West Bengal.


Q4. Which is the first International airport in India?

Ans: The Cochin International Airport Limited is the first International airport in India to be built under a public-private partnership.

Q5. Upcoming International airports in India?

Ans: There are numerous upcoming International airports in India which have been proposed and currently, construction is going on. The following is the list of a few important upcoming International airports in India:

  • Rajkot International Airport, Gujarat.
  • Mopa International Airport, Goa.
  • Navi Mumbai International Airport.
  • Delhi’s second International Airport, Noida
  • Bhogapuram International Airport, Andhra Pradesh.
  • Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje International Airport, Pune.
  • Ludhiana International Airport, Punjab..
  • Hollongi International Airport, Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Sindhudurg Airport, Maharashtra.
  • Sabarigiri International Airport, Kerala.


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