After serving air travellers for close to half-a-century, the domestic terminal 1B of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is going to bite the dust soon.
In its place, a car parking and an exclusive terminal for chartered flights will come up.
“We have floated a tender for the demolition of domestic terminal 1B and work will begin soon,” Kiran Kumar Grandhi, chairman (airports) of the GMR Group told Hindustan Times.
GMR group is the leading partner of the private consortium Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL) that operates the Delhi airport.
“At the site of the terminal 1B, we will construct a car parking and also a separate terminal for general aviation,” he said.
General aviation refers to flights that are not commercially scheduled, mainly private chartered flights.
IGI airport’s old terminal 1B, which was built during the Second World War, closed for operations in May this year after all domestic airlines were shifted to the new terminal 1D.
While the good old terminal 1B has a capacity to handle 2.5 million passengers in a year, the new Rs. 500 crore terminal 1D can accommodate more than 8 million people.
The new terminal 1D was built by DIAL to replace the perennially crammed and decrepit terminal 1B.
“The tender to demolish the terminal 1B have just been floated and it would be completely razed to the ground ,” said a senior airport official on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to talk to the media.
However, the exclusive terminal for general aviation would not come up before 2011, he said.
“The first priority is to complete the integrated Terminal 3, which has to be made operational much before the Commonwealth Games in October next year.”