New Delhi Airport or the Indira Gandhi International Airport, named after the former Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, is the busiest airport in the country in terms of traffic. IGI Airport along with the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai carries more than 50 percent of the air traffic in South Asia. With the commencement of operations at the new Terminal T3, it has become the most prominent aviation hub in the country.
The unveiling of the new and world class terminal T3 has transformed the IGI Airport altogether. This is world's fourth largest airport terminal. The setting up of this new unit has more than doubled the capacity of the airport.
New Delhi Airport was built during the period of the II World War. That time operations were mainly concentrated in the Terminal 1 area. Now, it handles all the domestic flights. Due increased pressure of traffic, a new international terminal (T3), 4 times the area of the old terminal, was constructed. The domestic airport has 3 Terminals — 1A, 1B and domestic arrival terminal. Terminal 1A catered to the requirements of the domestic flights of Air India, GoAir and MDLR. Terminal 1B was earlier used by other domestic airlines, but now it has been closed and demolished. Terminal 1C is used for the arrival of the domestic airliners. The newly constructed Terminal 1D is used by domestic airlines like Go Air, Indigo and Spicejet these days. There is a separate area for the VVIP passengers. A separate Terminal has been made especially for the Hajj pilgrims.
Various airlines such as Air India, Indian Airlines, JetLite, IndiGo, Spice Jet, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, GoAir operate from this airport. Nearly seventy airlines serve the Indira Gandhi International Airport. There are 6 Terminals at the New Delhi Airport.
The Terminal 1 is used by The Domestic Airlines. Below here we provide you description about different Terminal 1 Sections.
Terminal 1A was set up in the early 1990s and it served the requirements of the domestic flights of Indian airlines. Due to some unforeseen incident, a deadly fire severely gutted the interiors of Terminal 1A. But it was well recovered and it got a new look. The Terminal 1A section has also been upgraded significantly, with the efforts put by Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL). Now, it has worn a completely new look with excellent facilities and modern washrooms. It is closed and now its domestic flights have been shifted to Terminal 1D.
The Terminal 1B was operational even a few years ago. The operations at Terminal 1B were however closed in April 2009, after the opening up of Terminal 1D.
1C is the Terminal at New Delhi IGI Airport where domestic flights of GoAir, Indigo and Spicejet arrives. The compactness of this place is good for Domestic Arrivals. Recently a new greeting area and a bigger luggage reclaim area have been added to the Terminal 1C.
The Terminal 1D is a newly constructed Domestic Terminal and it has been in operation since 26th February 2009. All the Domestic Flights were moved to this new building from the second week of April, 2009. In terms of size, this is nearly double that of Terminal 1B. It can annually handle 10 million passengers. The operations at this place started on 15th April, 2009. This Terminal is currently used for departures of GoAir, IndiGo and SpiceJet Domestic Airlines.
The Terminal 2 of the New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport was set up during 1980s. Due to increased pressure of traffic, a complete overhauling was required at this unit. The entire location has been upgraded now. The old dark windows were replaced by glass windows, ceilings and walls have got new surfaces and ordinary floors have been replaced with tiles. Not only these, few other facilities have been refurbished which include more immigration & emigration counters, more business lounges, new seats, new baggage belts, eateries and duty free shops, which have now been moved to the newly constructed Terminal T3. Terminal 2, which is currently out of commission, will work in tandem with T3, until the proposed T4 Terminal is built, upon which it will be demolished as per the proposed master plan.
The introduction of the Terminal 3 has altogether changed the complexion of the IGI Airport. This top class and integrated is the world's fourth largest terminal. This new location occupies an area of 5.4 million square feet. It boasts to handle 34 million passengers annually. Commencement of operations at this place has more than doubled the capacity of the airport. This handles both the Domestic as well as International Airlines. So most passengers do not need to undertake the frustratingly slow transfer between the Domestic and International Terminals.
T3 is a two-tier building with the top floor being the departures area and the bottom floor being the arrivals areas. It has 68 check-in counters, 49 immigration desks, 15 X-ray screening areas, 78 aerobridges, 30 parking bays, 92 automatic walkways (travelators), business centers, shopping mall and a 100 room transit hotel.
It was first officially inaugurated on 3rd July 2010. To judge the operational readiness and the ground handling capabilities of this location, 9 flights were devoted. All the international airlines shifted their operation to this new location in late July 2010. The full scale domestic airlines started shifting their bases since mid November 2010. This has introduced India's first automated parking management & guidance system. The state-of-the-art parking system of this place has been orchestrated by M/s FAAC India Pvt. Ltd..
Plans are there to build the Terminal 4 & 5 at a subsequent stage. This has been planned keeping in mind the ever-increasing air traffic. Upon completion, these two units will be dedicated to International Flights and the Terminal T3 will be used for Domestic Flights that time. A new Cargo handling building has also been designed. Studies reveal that all these will increase the annual passenger volume capacity to 100 million.
During the annual Hajj pilgrimage time, special flights move to this special Terminal. This is done to prevent the disruption of other passengers who travel to other places of the world. A special Terminal has been created at New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport specifically for this purpose. This happen generally between the months of October to December only.
All the cargo operations are managed by The Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management India Pvt. Ltd. The airport has received award for smart handling of cargo operations.
Last Updated On: 2011/06/30