Delhi's IGI Airport among world's top 20 airports; 7th busiest in Asia

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Besides, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai were also ranked among the fastest growing airports in the world with an year-over-year growth of 26.9 per cent, 19.6 per cent, 12.9 per cent and 10.5 per cent, respectively during 2017, the ACI said in the release.

In what could be one of the most delightful news for any Indian the DELHI International Airport tops the list and enters the big ranks to become the airport to feature in the first top 20 airports.

Atlanta has tallied more than 100 million passengers for three years in a row now, although its numbers have dropped slightly since 2016, when it counted just shy of 104 million travelers, according to Conde Nast Traveler.

Haneda eclipsed Los Angeles International Airport, which ranked fourth in 2016, with 85 million passengers.

"IGI, the country's busiest airport for passenger traffic, grew by 14.1% year over year, pushing it up from the 22nd to the 16th busiest airport in the world", stated the findings, which were made public on Monday.

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Among those pushing out JFK was New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, which made its debut on the table previous year at No. 16, according to Airports Council International rankings released Monday. "With nearly 1.5 billion passengers passing through their terminals in 2017, this group of 20 represents 17% of global passenger traffic", it added. As per the Airports Council International (ACI), which has come out with these rankings, the IGI Airport is now one of the fastest growing airports in the world.

Total air cargo in Singapore also rose 7.9% YoY to 2.16 million metric tonnes. They ranked 7, up from 8 past year.

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

Dubai International Airport is also the world's busiest in terms of international passengers. "Even with the uncertainty regarding the threat of trade wars and the growth of protectionist sentiments across the world, business confidence has remained strong through inventory build-ups and increased export orders in 2017", the group added.

Atlanta once again takes the top spot for the world's busiest airport.