In yet another major achievement, it is for the first time that the Delhi airport breached the 60 million-mark and went on to handle 63.5 million passengers in 2017.
This earned the airport a place on the top 20 busiest airports of the world.
Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) also becomes the seventh busiest in Asia
with this milestone.
With the achievement, Delhi Airport went on to beat airports in South Korea, Singapore and Thailand.
As traffic grows by almost 20%, airport operator Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) is changing the master plan to increase the capacity of the terminal and airside.
This year, it is expected to breach the 70-million mark and will operating beyond its capacity.
The new ATC tower is to be opened in 2018 and the fourth runway in 2019 would help to reduce air congestion and handle more flights.
Over the last seven years, Delhi airport’s traffic has almost doubled.
Over the last few years, the Delhi airport has emerged as a new aviation hub in Southeast Asia by adding 32 million passengers, 15 international carriers and four domestic carriers and 27 international destinations.
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