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DIAL plans air show at vacant terminal

delhi Updated: Dec 09, 2010 01:34 IST
Sidhartha Roy
Sidhartha Roy
Hindustan Times
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Delhi might soon have its own air show, if the Indira Gandhi International Airport authorities have their way.

Private airport operator Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL) is planning to use its apron area next to the domestic airport and some domestic terminals to hold an air show, on the lines of the biennial Hyderabad air show, which is held at the Begumpet airport.

With the shifting of Air India's flight operations to Terminal 3 (T3), the domestic departure Terminal 1A is lying vacant.

Domestic Terminal 1D is also partially closed after Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines, along with their low cost arms, moved to T3.

"After the shifting of domestic airlines, there is lot of space available in the domestic apron, which can easily be used to hold an air show," said a senior airport official, who didn't wish to be identified.

"While the aircraft coming for the exhibition can easily be parked at the apron, the Terminal 1A can be used to house other aviation related exhibits," he said.

The Hyderabad air show showcases air displays and static exhibitions of mainly civil aircraft, apart from displays from vendors and suppliers associated with the aviation industry.

According to sources, DIAL is pitching Delhi airport as a likely host for a similar event. "What can be a more suitable place for an air show than the Delhi airport, which is very easily accessible?" the official said.

Though there were plans earlier to convert Terminal 1A into the permanent Haj Terminal but Haj flights are now being operated from the old international Terminal 2.

DIAL admitted that there are plans to use the domestic terminals and apron area for an exhibition but it is yet to be finalised.

"DIAL is open to ideas to utilise existing assets for the propagation of the aviation industry in India and in fact the region," a DIAL spokesman said.

"We have not firmed upon any plans as yet but wait to see more effective capacity maximisation of T1D before taking a call."