Hectic work schedules these days often mean holidays and vacations on minimum leaves, but with travel destinations located at far off distances, the best way to travel is by air. Flying these days are cost-effective options if planned in advance and can save precious time on short getaways. If you love travelling by air, then the most integral part of your holiday experience is the time spent at the airports. The service, amenities, ambience and other facilities make airports more than just about flights. Today, airports are fully equipped entertainment centres that allow you to wait in comfort for your flight. Here is a look at India's top ten airports that provide all the requirements for a wonderful start to your holiday!
1. Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi
The airport located in the capital city of Delhi is among the busiest in the country and handles a large influx of travellers on a daily basis. Among the largest airport hubs in South Asia, the IGA has another unique feature, the Terminal-3 is the eighth largest in the world! The airport provides a horde of amenities ranging from food to shopping and has dedicated stores and sections for relaxing, buying that ideal book for a long flight or a last minute gift for the family! What more for the first time in India, sleeping pods are available in the airport where you catch a quick wink in comfort. The various lounges in the airport also provide various facilities ranging from wine and dine options to spa and massage sections.
Artistic Interiors of Indira Gandhi Airport.
Photo Courtesy: Prasad Pillai
2. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai
The second busiest airport in India after Delhi, the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai is an ideal confluence of modern technology and a feel of the traditional beauty of India. Constructed across 1,500 acres, the airport is also among the busiest in the world for cargo traffic. The beautiful airport looks like a glamorous mall with its many shopping options that include the retail outlets of top brands in India. The various terminals have a variety of food courts, lounges and bar options for your pick in beverage and food. The airport also boasts of spas such as the Heaven on Earth and Richfeel spas to cater to your requirements.
Beautiful Architecture and Lighting at Mumbai Airport.
Photo Courtesy: Karthikndr
3. Anna International Airport, Chennai
The third busiest airport in India after Delhi and Mumbai, the Anna International Airport in Chennai is a major hub in South India for flights across the country and abroad. It is also the second busiest in the country after Mumbai in terms of cargo operations. The airport provides various free and paid conveniences on par with the other airports in the country. You can also shop and avail other convenience facilities at the airport.
A Flight that has Landed in the Chennai Airport.
Photo Courtesy: Arun P Nair
4. Bengaluru International Airport, Bangalore
The BIA is the fourth hight-traffic airport in the country. It is also referred to as the Kempegowda International Airport. The hub for information technology and the ever-increasing numbers of IT and corporate company presence in Bangalore has lead to an increase in both business and leisure related travels. The beautiful airport has service and convenience features ranging from buggy rides for women and children to a variety of shopping options. The food court and stores also provide plenty to eat and drink. The VIP lounge and Plaza Premium Lounge offer pampering that ranges from plush bars to luxurious spas!
Early Morning at the Bangalore Airport.
Photo Courtesy: Herry Lawford
5. Kolkata International Airport, Kolkata
The Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport in Kolkata is the fifth busiest in the country for passenger traffic. The new airport is a classy combination of style and functionality. The airport offers shopping options, dining options and VIP lounge. The duty-free shops are worth exploring for small buys. The airport also boasts of aerobridges that connect passengers to the flight and airport. The airport has two five-star hotels and a shopping mall in the place of its old hotel 'Ashok'.
Unique Roofing at the Kolkata Airport.
Photo Courtesy: Paul Hamilton
6. Hyderabad International Airport, Hyderabad
Also known by the name of Rajiv Gandhi international Airport, the Hyderabad Airport is located around 22 km from the city and operates many major flight carriers in India. It is the third busiest in South India. The airport has many comforts ranging from prayer rooms to buggys and medi-care outlets. The airport also boasts of the Business Lounge and the Plaza Premium Lounge that offer a horde of facilities from spa services to business centres. Both the domestic and international terminals offer a vast range of shopping options with the availability of many of India's top brands. The many food court and restaurant options will keep you happy with the choice of cuisine.
The Waiting Passenger Bay at Hyderabad Airport.
Photo Courtesy: Arun P Nair
7. Cochin International Airport
This popular airport in Kerala is a major hub for flights, both domestic and international in South India. The Cochin airport strives to focus on customer service and have a range of facilities from child-care rooms to conference halls. Duty-free shops, food counters, gift and curio shops provide amusement while waiting for your flight. The airport has 14 well-furnished guest rooms for accommodation within the airport.
The Traditional Exteriors of the Cochin Airport.
Photo Courtesy: Dennis Jarvis
8. Ahmedabad International Airport
The Sardar Vallabhbhai Airport in Ahmedabad is located 9 km from the city and is one of the top airports in India. A major airport in Western India, the place has both domestic and international flights. The airport has limited amusement options in terms of the shopping experience and luxuries such as lounge facilities. Food counters are available aplenty. Built across an area of 1,124 acres, the airport handles on an average more than 150 flights per day.
A Flight Preparing for Take Off at Ahmedabad Airport.
Photo Courtesy: lkarasawa
9. Goa International Airport
Located in Dabolim and known as the Dabolim Airport, it is the main entry for travellers flying into Goa from the world over. In fact, many travellers from outside India reach Dabolim by charter flights. It is also among the few profitable airports operated by the Airports Authority of India. The old airport was a simple structure that was observed to get extremely crowded during the tourist season. The new airport is a modern structure that was inaugurated in December 2013 and can handle over 2,750 peak hour passengers. It is equipped with 16 aerobridges, 72 check-in counters and 22 immigration counters. The new airport also boasts of facilities such as shopping, wine and dine options and overnight stay facilities for transit passengers.
The New Dabolim Airport.
Photo Courtesy: AAI
10. Trivandrum International Airport
Having the tag as the first international airport to be constructed in a non-metro, the Trivandrum International airport is a key hub for flights, both domestic and international. The unique feature about the airport is that it is an all-weather airport. The airport with its glass roofing, spacious lounges and plenty of natural light has a pleasing ambience. The shopping options range from books to curios and duty free shops are available at the airport. Food counters are also available to meet various tastes. The airport is key to the tourism and business related travel in the region.
The Silver Castle Lounge at Trivandrum Airport.
Photo Courtesy: George Mathew1978