The Delhi metro may now connect the domestic and international terminals of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is carrying out a feasibility study on metro connectivity between Terminals 1 and 3 of IGI and has sought details of peak-hour traffic data between the two terminals from the aviation ministry and Delhi International Airport Limited (Dial) — the private operator of the Delhi airport.
A meeting was recently held at the aviation ministry on the issue where DMRC sought details of projected passenger, employee and visitor movement between the two terminals up to 2021-22 and details of long-term master plan showing traffic circulation between T1 and T3 and TI and other future terminals. It also sought to know from Dial whether T1 would be functional till 2021.
T1 handles 12.5 million passengers annually and the passenger traffic is expected to grow 8-19% annually over the next 15 years. “The distance between the two terminals is 7.5 km and the travel time by road is 15 minutes. Free-shuttle services are also operated at present between the two terminals,” an official said.
T1 is used by low cost carriers (LCC) IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir for domestic operations. T3, used by other Indian and foreign airlines for operations and also by LCCs for global operations, is currently connected by the Airport Express metro.
“The urban development ministry wanted a feasibility study to be conducted on metro connectivity between T1 and T3. DMRC is conducting the study and we have held meetings with airport officials,” said Anuj Dayal, DMRC spokesperson.