Air transport is the quickest means of transport and by far, the most expensive. Regions which cannot be connected by land or water transport, like the north-eastern states of India, can be connected by air transport. In times of emergency and rescue operations, air transport becomes a life-line to support the people.
In India, almost all state capitals are connected by air transport, which is a significant stride taken after independence. The tourism sector has benefitted greatly as well. Air transport is mainly used for transporting people. Till recently, the air transport was controlled by the public sector undertakings, namely Indian Airlines and Air India International. At present, several private sector operators like Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Indigo, GoAir, etc., share the air transportion in India.
The major international airports in India are Mumbai (Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport), Delhi (Indira Gandhi International Airport), Kolkata (Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport), Chennai (Anna Airport), Thiruvananthapuram Airport, Bangalore (new International Airport at Devanahalli), Hyderabad (new International Airport at Samshabad), Amritsar Airport, etc. India has about 92 airports, principally managed by the Airports Authority of India.