In this article we have compared the two busiest airports in India : Mumbai Airport and Delhi Airport.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport of Mumbai started operations in 1942 and was earlier known as Sahar Airport While The Indira Gandhi International Airport of Delhi opened in 1962 and is also known as Palam Airport.
1. Let’s begin by comparing the airport terminals at these two airports. Delhi airport has 3 terminals, named Terminal 1, 2 and 3. Of these, Terminal 3 was launched in 2010 during the Commonwealth Games and is used for all international flights. Terminal 1 and 2 are used for domestic flights, however, Terminal 2 soon will be replaced by a new Terminal 4! On the other hand, Mumbai Airport has two terminals, Terminal 1 and 2. Terminal 1 is mostly used for domestic flights, while Terminal 2 is used for international flights. The airport is located in the Santacruz and Andheri East areas of Mumbai.
It is commonly thought that there are two different airports in Mumbai – international and domestic; however, in reality there is just one passenger airport …just so spread out- it feels like two independent airports.
2. So how spread out are these airports… let’s talk about area. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai is spread over 750 hectares and is India’s third-largest airport in terms of area; while the Indira Gandhi International Airport of Delhi is spread over 2066 hectares and is the second-largest airport in India by area. So the Delhi airport is almost 3 times as large as the Mumbai airport!! Go figure!!
3. Now, let’s compare runways – Mumbai airport has two runways with Runway 09 alternatively called Runway 27, being the longer one at a total length of 3.6 km. Interestingly at any give time, only one of these two runways is used because the runways cross each other in the shape of an X. Now, what about Delhi airport? Delhi airport has three parallel runways with the longest one being Runway 11 alternatively called Runway 29 at a total length of 4.4 km.
4. Let us compare how busy these airports are… or how many passengers do these airports serve? In the year 2018-2019, 49 million passengers used Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport making it the second busiest airport in India. Can you guess which was the busiest in that year? Yes indeed! With 69 million passengers travelling through it, Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport was THE busiest airport in India for the year 2018 to 2019.
5. A good way to compare these airports is to use world ranking of the 100 busiest airports. Mumbai airport ranks number 29 while Delhi airport is higher and ranks as the 16th busiest in the world.
6. Let us compare the Air Traffic Control or ATC tower heights at these two airports. The height of Mumbai airport’s ATC tower is 85 meters, while the height of Delhi airport’s ATC tower is 101 meters.
7. Let’s talk about aircraft movements at these airports. In the year 2019, 320,689 flights landed and took off from Mumbai airport, that averages at 880 flights per day! On the other hand, 493,958 flights landed and took off from Delhi airport, that’s a mind-boggling, close-to half a million flights!! averaging at 1350 flights per day.
8. Moving on, the International Air Transport Association Code or the IATA Code for Mumbai airport is BOM, that and the IATA Code for Delhi airport is is DEL.
9. On the whole, when the top 100 airports of the world are compared, Mumbai airport is ranked 63rd while Delhi airport ranks 66th.
So Placify World viewers, which airport did you like the most? Mumbai airport or Delhi airport? Leave us a comment and let us know! Until next time… Goodbye!!