The new domestic departure terminal of the Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi become operational this morning with the passengers of Guwahati-bound Indigo flight using the ultra-modern setup to board their plane.
"About 150 passengers, checked-in and boarded their plane to Guwahati at 5.35 am, after they were given a traditional welcome at the newly-built departure terminal," a spokesperson of Delhi International Airport Limited, the airport's operator and developer, said.
DIAL officials present at the new building, christened T1D, presented mementos, sweets and gifts to the passengers.
Indigo, Kingfisher Red and Kingfisher have shifted their operations to T1D from terminal 1A and 1B after their last flight took off last night.
Passengers were delighted to experience the new facilities of the terminal, built at a cost Rs 500 crore by DIAL, which has 72 check-in counters, 14 security channels, four-level in-line baggage handling system, he said.
Apart from Kingfisher and Indigo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, JetLite will also shift to terminal ID from old terminal building in the second phase which will begin after April 26.
The new terminal was inaugurated on February 26 by Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel.