Before Covid-19, Delhi Airport was ranked 23rd, now it’s the second busiest airport in the world: Data

Overtaking the famous International airport of UAE, Dubai, India’s Delhi became the second busiest airport in the world, a  leading data travel provider Official Airline Guide (OAG) data reported. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the International airport was ranked 23rd among the rest of the international airports across the world, but as per the latest data by OAG, the Delhi airport now handles at least  3.61 million seats which gives the airport the tag, the second busiest airport in the world.

According to OAG data, Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport (IGI) has emerged as the world’s second busiest airport in March in terms of domestic and international flights. In February 2022, the airport, which is run by GMR according to the OAG, was ranked third and overtaking Dubai International Airport (DXB), Delhi earned a place in the rankings.

“Whilst Atlanta retains its position as largest, Dubai is knocked out of second place this month (March) by Delhi International Airport with a seating capacity of 3,611,181 seats which moves up from third place last month (February),” the OAG’s report said. 

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In March this year, airports in Atlanta in the US, Delhi in India, and Dubai in the UAE handled 4.42 million, 3.61 million, and 3.55 million seats. “During the Covid-19 lockdown period, it was the travel industry which got stuck badly was restarted its operations after 2 years. The report now has taken after analyzing the crowd and number of travelers taking the seats to different locations,” said Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO, Delhi Airport International Limited.

“India has last month opened its borders and allowed the entry of fully vaccinated international travelers into the country. These steps have largely helped the travel and tourism industry and given a much-needed boost to air travel,” Videh added.