No less than 29 airports and terminals in the country are named after prominent personalities and dignitaries, the latest being Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport in Chandigarh.

There are a total of 24 airports and 5 terminals named after prominent personalities/dignitaries, according to a list received by PTI via an RTI app. However, the list does not include details of the recently renamed Chandigarh airport.

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On September 28, Chandigarh International Airport was renamed Shaheed Bhagat Singh International Airport. The name change came a day before freedom fighter Bhagat Singh’s 115th birthday.

29 airports and terminals named after prominent personalities and dignitaries

According to the list, four airports are named after three former prime ministers. These are Indira Gandhi International Airport in the nation’s capital, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad in Telangana, Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport in Varanasi and Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh .

Various airports are also named after former Chief Ministers, including Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneswar in Odisha. The list also includes Kangra Airport, Gaggal Airport and Kullu-Manali and Bhuntar, both located in Himachal Pradesh.

However, it was not clear which prominent figures/dignitaries these two airports were named after. Additionally, there are five airport terminals named after prominent personalities and dignitaries. These include Anna International Terminal and Kamraj Domestic Terminal in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, and two NT Rama Rao Terminals at airports from Hyderabad to Telangana, according to the list.

Currently, there are 131 operational airports in the country, including 29 international airports and 92 domestic airports. There are also 10 customs airports. There are also 8 heliports and 2 waterdromes, according to official data.

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An elaborate process is followed for naming and renaming airports, and final approval must come from the Union Cabinet. Generally, airports are known by the name of the city where they are located.

In some cases, a specific name is proposed by the respective state government, supported by a resolution passed by the relevant state legislature. The same is then sent to the Union Cabinet for final approval.

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With the excellent growth potential of the country’s civil aviation sector, the government aims to have a total of 220 airports by 2030.

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