Nagpur’s Air Traffic Control (ATC) is the busiest in India with more than 300 international flights flying over the city every day in 2004. Domestic airlines such as Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Indigo, kingfisher Airlines, GoAir, Sahara and Air Deccan connect Nagpur with major cities like Mumbai (8 flights daily), Delhi (4 flights daily), Ahemdabad (2 flight daily), Pune (2 flight daily), Bangalore (2 flights daily) Indore (3 flights daily), Hyderabad (3 flights daily and 1, 4 times a week), and Kolkata (1 flight daily and another twice a week). Indigo has announced plans to start a new direct service to connect Nagpur and Chennai.
In October 2005, Nagpur’s erstwhile Sonegaon Airport was declared an international airport and was renamed Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport. Initial flights between Nagpur and Sharjah were launched by Air Arabia with the intention of tapping the strong demand for international travel within Central India. In April 2006, Indian Airlines connected Nagpur and Bangkok with a non-stop twice weekly service. Likewise, Qatar Airways has started a twice-weekly service from Nagpur to Doha as well as Air India Express started flight services to Dubai 3 days a week from 24 September 2007; SilkAir to start for Singapore & Emirates Airlines to Dubai shortly.