Passengers flying by low cost carriers now have more breathing space at the congested Delhi airport.
Airport operator Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd. (DIAL) created more space at the low cost carrier wing of the domestic departure terminal 1B by relocating baggage X-ray machines of Kingfisher Red (former Deccan), SpiceJet, IndiGo and Go Air to a new extension area.
The terminal can now accommodate 150 more passengers. The machines have been moved to the extension area that was added to the crammed terminal building during the last fog season.
“Passengers flying by budget carriers can now check-in at the extension counter itself and four separate queues lead to the baggage X-ray machines of the respective airlines,” said a DIAL spokesman. “The extension counter on the city side is now a seamless part of the existing departure terminal,” he added.
The earlier partition between the extension counter and the terminal meant for security checks have also been removed.
DIAL had already opened a new wing in the terminal in July to ease congestion. “Thanks to the new wing and the recent relocation of X-ray machines, we can easily seat passengers of two extra flights,” the spokesman said.
The new area is also equipped with multiple flight information display systems and entertainment televisions. An extra bus gate would also be commissioned shortly, to facilitate direct outlet from the extension area to aircraft at the airside.