The Rs. 500 crore new domestic departure terminal 1D of Delhi Airport has completed 100 days of operation. During this period 16 lakh passengers — one tenth of Delhi’s total population — used the terminal.
The state-of-the-art terminal opened for commercial operations on April 19, 2009 with Indigo and Kingfisher Airlines being the first airlines to operate from Terminal 1D. With 100 days of its operation completed on July 27, it is time for the private operator Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL) to take stock.
“The terminal has already handled nearly 16 lakh passengers and 15,000 aircraft movements were serviced through this terminal since it opened,” said a DIAL spokesman.
Apart from Kingfisher and IndiGo, other airlines that operate from the new terminal are Jet Airways, JetLite, Spicejet and Paramount Airways. Air India, Go Air and MDLR Airlines operate from terminal 1A.
The new terminal has earned appreciation from passengers for its modern and sleek look and spacious interiors. Thanks to 72 check-in counters and 16 self check-in kiosks spread across eight rows, the serpentine queues witnessed at the old terminal are missing here.
However, everything is not hunky with new terminal. The terminal leaks every time it rains and on many occasions rainwater has damaged X-ray screening machines and other equipment.
“The problem is with the complicated way in which these new roofs are constructed. There are many layers and skylights , which means it has too many joints that help water to trickle in,” said a senior DIAL official who didn’t wish to be named.