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Airport access to visitors, again

Remember the time when you could simply enter the Delhi airport terminal to see off a friend or family member? Those times will be back again soon, thanks to the new Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport. HT reports

delhi Updated: Jul 22, 2010 23:38 IST
Sidhartha Roy

Remember the time when you could simply enter the Delhi airport terminal to see off a friend or family member? Those times will be back again soon, thanks to the new Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The spacious new Terminal 3, which will become operational from July 28, will have two visitors lounge each for the domestic and international area where you can see off your near and dear ones.

And what’s better, it’s free! The facility doesn’t exist in the present international and domestic departure terminals of the airport.

The domestic visitors’ lounge will be at the extreme left of the departure area, near Gate number 1 and the international visitors’ lounge at the extreme right, after Gate number 8. These lounges will be partitioned from the terminal's check-in area by glass walls. Visitors will be able to see passengers checking in with their baggage.

Private airport operator Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL) confirmed that it has built visitor’s lounge in Terminal 3.

At present, visitors coming to see off passengers departing from the airport, both international and domestic, have to wait at the porch outside the terminal building. Earlier, visitors were allowed to enter the domestic departure terminal 1B (now closed) after paying a fee of Rs 30.

With increasing passenger traffic in the crammed terminal, visitors were banned from the terminal in 2007.

Visitors were still allowed at terminal 1A (India Airlines terminal) but there, too, the service stopped after about a year.

The new domestic departure terminal 1D is spacious enough but visitors were not allowed here either due to security reasons.

“Visitors will be allowed inside a departure area after a long time in Terminal 3,” said an airport official, who didn’t wish to be named.

He said that though visitors will be easily able to see passengers from the lounge, this wouldn’t pose a security risk because they can’t actually enter the check in area.

Compared to the departure visitor’s lounge, the lounge at the arrival area will be huge but visitors will have to pay Rs 80. This facility exists even now in the international terminal 2 but visitors receiving domestic passengers don't get the facility.

“Visitors coming to receive both domestic and international passengers can now wait in a spacious arrival lounge,” the official said. There will also be an array of retail outlets, bookshops and food and beverage outlets for visitors.