For the first time in any airport in the country, the per day passenger movement has crossed the one lakh mark and Delhi’s IGI Airport has achieved this feat.
According to airport sources, due to the summer rush, in May alone on over a dozen occasions the per day passenger movement was recorded over one lakh — highest being 1.14 lakh on May 22.
"From May 13 to May 23, 11 days in a row, Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) handled over one lakh passengers every day. On an average Terminal 3 (T3), which is an integrated terminal and terminal 1, which takes care of three low cost domestic carrier, used to handle 80,000 to 85,000 passengers per day," said a airport source requesting anonymity.
For the first time on May 8, the per day passenger movement had crossed one lakh mark. After beating Mumbai airport, which used to be the busiest airport of the country, in annual passenger movement, Delhi airport has emerged as a busiest airport in terms of per day passenger movements also. So far no other airport in the country has crossed the one lakh mark and closest was Mumbai airport, which had handled 98,241 passengers on December 24 last year.
"During financial year 2010-11, Delhi airport had handled 30 million passengers while the passenger movement at Mumbai airport was 29.1 million during same period. Terminal 1 of IGIA which caters to only three low cost airlines is handling nearly 40,000 passengers every day," the source added.
At Terminal 3 over 17,000 passengers are departing to international destinations every day while 18,500 passengers are travelling to domestic sectors from T3. Since the arrival at T3 is common, over all 32,000 are arriving at T3 every day. While at terminal 1, 18,500 passengers are departing every day and 16,000 are arriving.
"Delhi airport used to cater 80,000 to 85,000 passengers on an average every day but this sudden jump is probably due to summer vacation and airlines offering discount fares. We are sure the number would come down again," the source further said.
The sudden increase in passenger movement has also led to chaos as various agencies working at airport have limited resources.
"We have to increase the number of personnel with increase in passenger movement," said an officer of CISF, which is responsible for the security of airport. Apart from that long queues can be seen at airline counters and immigration counters.