Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, it seems, is foreigners’ favourite! The IGI airport in New Delhi continues to be foreign travellers’ most preferred gateway into India, accounting for almost 50% of the total number of foreign passengers entering the country, according to a ToI report. As per the latest International Air Transport Association (IATA)-IS Data for last month, quoted in the report, the national capital alone accounts for around 46% of the total number of foreign tourists who entered the country and took an e-Tourist Visa (E-TV)- almost three times more than the next destination, which is Mumbai, accounting for 16.8% foreign passengers, the report stated.
Other than IGI airport in India, some airports attracting foreign tourists are the Dabolim Airport in Goa (9.5%) followed by the Chennai Airport (5.8%) and the Bengaluru airport (5.2%). At present, Delhi’s IGI airport handles as many as 64 airlines, out of which 53 are foreign carriers. Also, the airport connects 141 destinations, out of which 73 are international locations.
According to the IATA data, the Delhi airport alone offers 27% of the total international departing seats from the country and close to 40% of the total international departing seats from the six metro cities of India. Similarly, within the country, it offers 20% of all departing domestic seats.
03/10/18 Devanjana Nag/Financial Express