Proud moment! IGI Airport in Delhi breaks into world's top 20 list

The world's busiest airports in 2017

It handled 44.88 million worldwide passengers last year, which represented year-on-year growth of 6.2 percent, higher than the top three busiest airports in the world, the company said.

The Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, operated by the Delhi International Airport Ltd, is also among the top 20.

YYZ was the busiest Canadian airport with just over 47 million passengers a year ago, sitting 30th overall on the worldwide list.

Surprising literally no one, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has again ranked as the world's busiest, with more than 100 million passengers moved in 2017.

The runner up was Beijing Capital International Airport, with 96 million passengers, followed by Dubai International, with 88 million. It is also the third-busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic, the sixth-busiest cargo airport in world, the busiest airport for Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 movements, and the busiest airport in the world operating with only two runways.

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Even with this rapid growth in throughput, Delhi was also ranked first in Airport Service Quality for airports above 40 million passengers per annum along with the Mumbai airport, it said. "Guangzhou (CAN), in China, grew by 10.3 percent making it the second fastest growing airport among the top 20".

Growing rapidly in relatively short period of time, India is poised to be one of the largest aviation markets in the world in the years to come, the ACI said.

Efforts by Chinese airlines to add more direct flights to the U.S. and Europe stoked passenger traffic at second- and third-tier airports previous year, ACI said.

Five of the 20 busiest airports in the world are in North America, but none of them are Canadian.

ACI's World Airport Traffic Forecasts predicts that the country will represent the third largest aviation market, in terms of passenger throughout, after the United States and China by 2020. There were about 32 million global travelers who used the NYC airport in 2017, a 2.1 percent jump from the previous year, according to the report.

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