Delhi International Airport Becomes Second Busiest Airport In The world


According to OAG’s recent report, Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport has now become the world’s second busiest airport in April in terms of total airline capacity (domestic and international flights)

“Whilst Atlanta retains its position as largest, Dubai is knocked out of 2nd place this month by Delhi which moves up from 3rd place last month and 23rd place in the same month in 2019 before the pandemic.”


The Delhi International Airport was ranked 23rd in 2019 before the pandemic, but it has now climbed 22 places to become the world’s second busiest airport.

The other significant move is Guangzhou which has fallen from fourth busiest last month to 10th busiest this month as a result of ongoing restrictions in China.


Busiest Global Airport in the World – April 2022

2022 RankingAirport CodeAirport NameSeats2019 Ranking
1ATLAtlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport44,22,4361
2DELDelhi International Airport36,11,18123
3DXBDubai International35,54,5277
4LHRLondon Heathrow Airport35,10,9414
5DFWDallas Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport34,60,56616
6ORDChicago O’Hare International Airport32,93,4176
7LAXLos Angeles International Airport32,26,3695
8DENDenver International Airport31,79,73021
9HNDTokyo International (Haneda)31,14,0353

Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO of Delhi Airport International Limited (DIAL), in a statement, said;

“COVID-19 pandemic had hit the world hard. Travel restrictions had badly affected the travel and tourism sectors for two consecutive years. But now, with the rise in the number of vaccinated people across the world, governments are easing travel restrictions and slowly opening up their borders.”

“India has last month opened its borders and allowed the entry of fully vaccinated international travellers into the country,” he further added.

These steps have largely helped the travel and tourism industry and given a much-needed boost to air travel, he said.


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Manish Khandelwal
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