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India airports face oversaturation and uneven development

Two-and-a-half years after the completion of a new $17 million terminal building, an airport in Jaisalmer, a small and remote desert city in Rajasthan, stands empty. India has spent more than $50 million since 2009 on eight airports that do not receive scheduled flights. The rush to build comes as passenger numbers grow 20 percent a year, to 38.8 million in the first half of 2015, leaving India’s major airports, which account for four-fifths of traffic, saturated.

Across India, more than half of the 100-odd domestic-only airports have not seen a scheduled flight this year, official data shows. Today’s graphic shows the number of scheduled flights for India’s airports.

Infographic shows India domestic airports and international & customs airports by number of scheduled flights.

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