Mumbai: Delhi airport has displaced Mumbai as the busiest in the country and it is expected to increase its lead further as Mumbai airport reaches saturation point due to space and expansion constraints. Mumbai is also facing continued delay in building a second airport.
As per passenger and air traffic movement figures Mumbai airport had been the busiest in the country since 2006-08.
Though Delhi's passenger traffic for 2010 was only marginally higher than Mumbai's, by 1.4%, and flight movements higher by 11.61%, industry experts predict that the gap between the two airports will henceforth only widen.
Till 2008 Mumbai international airport handled more traffic than Delhi. The scenario changed in 2009, when Delhi airport handled 25.25 million passengers for the year leaving Mumbai behind with 24.80 million passengers.
In 2010, Delhi once again nosed ahead with handled 28.53 million passengers and Mumbai 28.13 million. The air traffic movement growth in Mumbai also slowed down in comparison to Delhi.
According to industry observers, while Mumbai has kept up the growth rate despite the constraints it faces it definitely needs another airport.