Staff Reporter

IGI Airport can now handle 26 million passengers per annum

NEW DELHI: The inauguration of a new domestic departure Terminal 1D along with modernisation and expansion of the domestic arrival Terminal 1C were among the most significant developments that took place this year, according to Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL).

Inaugurated in February, Terminal ID is a two-level structure where the check-in process has been streamlined by the induction of an advanced in-line baggage handling system. This makes check-in faster for passengers and more secure and efficient. Departing passengers can avail of ultra-modern lounges and retail and food and beverage facilities.

The expanded Terminal 1C has allowed an increase in baggage claim area. The number of baggage reclaim belts has now gone up to eight from the earlier five. An extensive city-side waiting area with multiple retail and food and beverage outlets and other amenities has also been created for the benefit of passengers.

According to DIAL, the capacity of the airport exceeded the passenger traffic demand for the first time in nearly a decade and the Indira Gandhi International Airport could now handle 26 million passengers per annum.

Among other new developments, a “contact zone” has been set up to provide facilities for passengers with special needs.

DIAL also inaugurated a new fire station at the airport to handle emergency situations in the event of an aircraft crash or fire at airside or terminals. The airport thus has four fire stations and an expanded airport rescue and fire fighting team which helps in fighting fire incidents in hangars and on the airfield.

Civil structural works at all nine levels of the Terminal 3 building have been completed. The building and boarding piers will be covered with a glass façade. The Terminal will be ready before the Commonwealth Games, a DIAL release said. The development of T3 is part of the first phase of the master plan for IGI Airport. This phase will have a total project outlay of Rs.9,000 crore.

DIAL has tied up with a consortium comprising Aer Rianta International of Ireland and Indian Duty Free Services to participate in a joint venture company for licence to develop, operate, maintain and manage duty-free outlets at T3. DIAL has also arranged to set up food and beverage outlets in T3 following a tender process. The in-building communication solution contract for T3 has been awarded to Quippo Telecom. Practices were also drawn from the experiences of the Beijing Capital International Airport in readying itself for the 2008 Olympics.