Parul Sharma

All domestic carriers to shift by next month

Jet Airways, Jet Lite to start from April 4

SpiceJet has begun work on the interiors

NEW DELHI: Different air carriers scheduled to operate from the new domestic departure terminal 1D at Delhi airport have begun the process of shifting to the new building.

All domestic airlines except Air India and MDLR will start operating from the new terminal from next month.

Jet Airways and Jet Lite will be the first to start operating out of terminal 1D tentatively from April 4, while the other airlines will follow suit and begin operations around April 11, sources said.

“We have started the process of familiarising our staff with the new building. Our back-up offices will be on the ground floor of the two-storey structure, while the passengers will get dropped and check in at the upper level,” said a Jet Airways official on Tuesday.

“We are trying to set up our furniture. The computers are being moved. By the end of March, all our major equipment and over 90 per cent of our office will have shifted to the new building,” he added.

A SpiceJet spokesperson said the airline has already begun work on the interiors and wiring of their new office at terminal 1D.

“The moment the work on interiors is done, we will begin physically shifting to the new building. We should start our work from there in the first half of April,” she added.

Most airlines are happy with the space allotted to them in the new domestic departure terminal, which is spread across 35,000 square metres, almost double the size of terminal 1B.

Developed by Delhi International Airport Limited, a GMR Group-led joint venture consortium, the new terminal is equipped with a four-level in-line baggage handling system. Passengers can simply walk up to the designated check-in counters, deposit their luggage, and collect the boarding card. This system allows greater space for passenger amenities, which would otherwise have been used for X-ray machines.

The baggage scanning and assembly area is also at the lower level, which frees up a lot of space at the departure level which is used for passenger facilities.

“We have enough space and hope that the problems like congestion in the security hold area of existing terminal 1B will be addressed. We are looking forward to moving in the new space,” said an airline official. The new terminal was inaugurated by Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel last month.