Fying from Delhi? Check your terminal before boarding from October

Marco Green
August 23, 2017

According to DIAL, the budget passenger carriers' departure terminal T1D and terminal T1C will be merged into one and expanded to accommodate 40 million passengers per annum. But, before the overhaul, passengers are in for a nightmare as flights will be shifted and operated from three terminals.From October 1, one third passengers of Indigo, GoAir and Spicejet will be shifted to flights which will be operated from Terminal 2. "This will lead to an increase in capacity of the terminal to 40 million from the existing 20 million annual passengers" This statement is given by the CEO of DIAL and it shows that how they are planning for the upcoming terminals and other things in the main airport of India. This means that the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) will get a new integrated terminal like T3 by 2021, under the facility's next phase of planned expansion.

DIAL CEO I Prabhakar Rao said the airport operator was in talks with these carriers for eight months over the issue of shifting. "The expansion would enable us to handle the steep rise of the passenger inflow at the airport". "They must shift some flights", Rao said. However, the airport operator will provide feeder bus service, connecting the old and new terminals.

As per the plans, the new integrated terminal will sport better passenger amenities like metro connectivity, multi-level auto parking, 10 arrival conveyor baggage belts and expanded air and city-side areas.

The second terminal has a capacity of 12 million passengers and can be stretched to 14 million and is built over a total area of 7,000 square metre. Indigo and Spicjet also fly on global routes, so for the next three years they have to operate from T1, T2 and T3.Passengers may face a tough time in locating the terminal and then reaching there as there is no Metro connectivity to T2 and autos will not be allowed. During its expansion, T1 will operate at a lower capacity of 16 million. Out of the two, operations at T1 are beyond its capacity while T3 is also congested due to an increase in a number of flights. Currently, there are there are three runways- 11/29, 10/28 and 9/27 and the fourth one will be created constructed by 2021 will ease out future pressure on other runways and will be constructed a parallel to runway 11/29. "Then the aviation ministry had to ask DIAL to decide and inform the airlines", said a source. DIAL will start physical work on expansion of T1 from March 2018 and is likely to complete it in three years?

Delhi airport says it handled 57.7 million passengers and 857,000 tonnes of cargo in the 2016/17 financial year.

It has been ranked as 21st busiest airport in the world by ACI achieving highest growth of 21 per cent in calendar year 2016 among top 30 airports in the world.

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