IGI Airport 4th best in the world

Airport Council International has declared Delhi airport as the 4th best in world.

Updated: May 14, 2010, 16:34 PM IST

Sanya (Haina, China): Delhi`s Indira
Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) was today conferred the
fourth best airport award in the world and `Best Improved
Airport` in the Asia Pacific Region in recognition of its
substantial improvement in passenger amenities.

The awards were presented here by Airport Council
International, the apex body of airports across the world,
which has 575 members operating over 1,633 airports in 179

The IGIA bagged the awards after the ACI considered 36
parametres related to passenger amenities and infrastructure.

It received the fourth best airport award in the
category of airports handling 15-25 million passenger traffic
per annum while the Baltimore airport in the USA topped the

The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in
Hyderabad has been conferred with the world`s number one
airport in 5 to 15 million passengers category.

The award for IGIA was received by CEO of Delhi
International Airport Ltd P S Nair at a glittering ceremony
attended by who`s who of aviation industry world-wide.

"This dual distinction is a great motivating factor
for us. The achievement is a result of the effort put in by
all the stakeholders at the airport and I would like to thank
them all for their support. We are confident that with the
opening of the swanky T3 terminal in July, IGAI`s rating will
improve even further," he said.

Delhi International Airport Limited is a joint venture
consortium led by global infrastructure major GMR which took
charge of the airport in May 2006 under the public private
partnership initiative of Civil Aviation Ministry.

The upcoming T3 terminal will have a capacity of 34
million passenger traffic per annum and will become
operational in July.

The ACI rates the airports on 34 parametres which
included services of key regulatory agencies at the airport
like customs, immigration, security, ground handling, ambience
of the airport, cleanliness of the terminals, passenger
satisfaction etc.

The annual airport service quality awards are
considered very prestigious across the world.

P Sripathy, CEO of Hyderabad airport, which began its
commercial flight operations in March 2009, said the
prestigious award will motivate the staff and other
stakeholders in the airport to improve its services further.

"It is an important recognition for us which will
inspire us to improve our operation even further," he said.

The Rajiv Gandhi airport also won the fifth best
airport in the asia pacific region. In the category Incheon in
South Korea bagged the top prize.

The Annual Airport Service Quality Awards rank top
performing airports in the annual Airport Council
International Airport Service Quality passenger survey.

As a leading industry benchmarking tool, ASQ is
designed to help participating airports to measure their
improvement year on year, as well as to benchmark against
their peers worldwide, within their region and in the same
size category.

The best airports worldwide award was conferred on
Incheon airport of South Korea while Changhi airport in
Singapore bagged the second best airport award worldwide.