Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Checked-in to Delhi Airport? Here's a look at India’s busiest airports

New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International and Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airports are tied as the world’s number one in the over 40 million passengers per annum category in airport service quality. Here are some fun facts about these airports to keep you company:

Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi

1. New Delhi Airport’s new 101.9-metre high ATC tower is the tallest in India, towering over the Qutub Minar too. It gives a 360-degree view of the airport and will be operational from 2018.

2. The ATC tower is supported by 32 pillars, driven almost 24 meters underground. The foundations, reports say, are strong enough to carry over 1,500 African bush elephants.

3. Delhi Airport flew 63.5 million passengers last year, which is approximately equivalent to the entire population of France. It is the first Indian airport to handle more than 60 million passengers in a year.

5. It is also Asia Pacific’s first carbon neutral airport and uses clean energy from its in-house solar power plant to support its Airfield Ground Lighting system.

6. The airport’s Terminal 3 (5,400,000 sq ft) is the largest building in India built post-Independence.

7. Delhi Airport is also among the top five airports followed on social media globally. It is number three on Facebook with 6,61,127 followers and number four on Twitter with 82,094 followers as of March 27, 2018.
03/04/18 Rajarshi Bhattacharjee/Economic Times