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Airport body to grow flower, gift shops outside terminal

Want to receive a dear one at the Delhi airport with flowers and chocolate? Don’t worry about these from now on while rushing to the airport. Sidhartha Roy reports.

delhi Updated: Sep 08, 2009 12:47 IST
Sidhartha Roy

Want to receive a dear one at the Delhi airport with flowers and chocolate? Don’t worry about these from now on while rushing to the airport.

Very soon florists and gift shops would be available right outside the airport’s arrival terminal, apart from other facilities that private airport developer Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL) plans for both passengers and visitors coming to receive them.

“Many visitors want to bring flowers or other gifts for their guests arriving by a flight but are unable to find these on way to the airport. We would soon have kiosks selling flowers and gift shops to avoid visitors the hassle,” said a DIAL spokesman.

“Also, passengers arriving in the city can buy gifts and souvenirs for their friends and relatives at the airport if they forgot to do so while travelling.”

After trying to provide more facilities to passengers flying in and out of the Delhi airport, DIAL is now turning its attention to visitors arriving to receive them.

It has covered an approximate 350 sq. metres outside the arrival gates with a canopy to provide better shade to those waiting for passengers. Seats and flight information display systems were also provided. Recently a toilet was added for visitors next to the arrival terminal.

“We received feedback from visitors that those arriving long before a flight often had to look around for a toilet. That is why we opened access to a toilet to visitors,” he said.

Apart from florists and gift shops, there would be a pharmacy for those in need.

“This would help passengers visiting Delhi who have forgotten to bring their medicines. Both over the counter and prescription drugs would be available,” he said.

DIAL is now planning landscaping the area beneath the canopy. “There are plans to beautify the area and also add a small fountain,” he said.

“We would open many octagonal kiosks outside the arrival terminal which would provide essential goods and services like taxi rentals, food and beverage shops, currency exchange shops, hotel booking centres, ATMs, mobile phone recharge centres, etc.,” he said.