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3 Indian airports among world's best

Last updated on: March 15, 2013 07:47 IST

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Three Indian airports are among the top five airports in the world providing international standard services. 

The annual service quality passenger survey undertaken by Airports Council International (ACI), an autonomous and independent body, measures customer feedback on a range of service delivery parameters that track the customer experience at an airport from the moment of arrival to the departure gate.

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Incheon International Airport, Seoul (Rank 1)

Incheon International Airport is ranked the best airport in the world, in the category of 25-40 million passengers.

The largest airport in South Korea has been rated as the best airport worldwide by Airports Council International for seven years in a row (2005?).

The airport has a golf course, spa, private sleeping rooms, ice skating rink, a casino, indoor gardens and a Museum of Korean Culture.

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Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi (Rank 2)

Indira Gandhi International Airport is the busiest airport in India. With the commencement of operations at the new Terminal 3, it has become one of India's important aviation hubs, with a current capacity of handling more than 46 million passengers.

In 2011-12, the airport handled 35.88 million passengers and the planned expansion program will increase its capacity to handle 100 million passengers by 2030.

In 2011, the IGIA was ranked the second-best airport in the world in the 25-40 million passengers category.

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Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai (Rank 3)

The airport is the second busiest airport in India in terms of overall passenger traffic.  The airport has five operating terminals spread over an operational area of 1,500 acres.

CSIA handled 30.74 million passengers and 656,369 tonnes of cargo during FY 2011-12.

In 2011, the airport was ranked the third-best in the world in the 25-40 million passengers category by Airports Council International.

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Narita International Airport, Tokyo (Rank 4)

Narita International Airport is the second-busiest passenger airport in Japan, busiest air freight hub in Japan.

It serves as the main international hub of Japan's flag carrier Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Nippon Cargo Airlines, and also low-cost carriers Jetstar Japan and AirAsia Japan.

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, Shanghai (Rank 5)

It is the main domestic airport serving Shanghai. The airport was also mainland China's 5th busiest airport in terms of cargo traffic and the 7th busiest by traffic movements.

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Changi International Airport, Singapore (Rank 1)

Changi International Airport has three passenger terminals with a total annual handling capacity of 66 million passengers.

Terminal 1 opened in 1981, followed by Terminal 2 in 1990 and Terminal 3 in 2008. Terminal 4 will be ready by 2017. The airport hit a new milestone in 2012, registering 51 million passenger movements.

The airport has won over 390 awards since 1981, including 23 'Best' awards in 2011.

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Beijing Capital International Airport (Rank 2)

One of the world's busiest airports, Beijing Capital International Airport is the main international airport serving Beijing.

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Hong Kong (Rank 3)

Hong Kong International Airport is the main airport in Hong Kong. HKIA also operates one of the world's largest passenger terminal buildings.

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Shanghai Pudong International Airport (Rank 4)

Shanghai Pudong International Airport is the primary international airport serving Shanghai, and a major aviation hub for Asia.


Pudong Airport is a fast-growing hub for both passenger and cargo traffic.

 

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Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (Rank 5)

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is the main airport of Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, China.

In 2011, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport was China's 2nd busiest and world's 19th busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic, with 45,040,340 people handled.

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Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad

The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad has been ranked as the second best in the 5-15 million category.

Nagoya airport in Japan is ranked first in this category. It is the second public-private partnership venture in the Indian airports.


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