These Indian states have the highest number of international airports; UP tops the list

Nov 27, 2021

By: Vaamanaa Sethi

India is currently home to a total of 487 airports...

...including airstrips, flying schools and military bases, 123 airports for commercial flights and 35 international airports.

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India’s first net zero emissions airport

The much-awaited Noida International airport in Jewar, which is currently under construction, is termed to be a gamechanger for Uttar Pradesh (UP) and the first airport with net zero emissions. It is expected to be completed by September 2024.

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Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport is the busiest and largest airport in India.

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These are the states with the highest number of international airports —

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Uttar Pradesh — 5

Uttar Pradesh is poised to become the only state with five international airports. Currently, only three airports located in Kushinagar, Lucknow and Varanasi are operational while the Ayodhya and Jewar ones are under construction.

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Kerala — 4

The state is home to 7 airports out of which 4 are international airports located in Kannur, Cochin, Calicut and Trivandrum districts. The Kannur International airport was established in 2018 only and is spread across over 2,000 acres and can handle 2,000 passengers at a time.

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Tamil Nadu — 4

There are four international airports in Tamil Nadu — Chennai international airport, Coimbatore international airport, Tiruchirappali international airport and Madurai international airport. The Madurai airport majorly operates domestic flights and international flights only to Singapore, Dubai and Colombo.

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Andhra Pradesh — 3

Operated by Airports Authority of India (AAI), AP has three international airports — Vijayawada International airport, Visakhapatnam international airport and Rajiv Gandhi international airport located in Hyderabad.

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Gujarat — 3

There are two international airports operational currently, nine domestic airports, two private airports and three military bases in Gujarat. The third international airport — Rajkot Greenfield Airport, is currently under construction in Hirasar district.

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Maharashtra — 3

One of the three international airports in Maharashtra — Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj international airport is the second busiest airport in India in terms of footfall of international passengers after Delhi. The third one Chhatrapati Sambhaji Raje international airport which is located in Pune is under construction.

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Karnataka — 2

Karnataka is a hub of 12 domestic airports and 2 international airports, which are Kempegowda international airport located in the capital city Bengaluru and Mangalore international airport.

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West Bengal — 2

Kolkata, which is the aviation hub of the entire eastern and north-eastern India, is home to two international airports — Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose international airport and Bagdogra international airport. The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose airport is approximately 15 kilometres away from the city centre.

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