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Get a massage before you fly

delhi Updated: Sep 13, 2008 00:37 IST
Sidhartha Roy
Sidhartha Roy
Hindustan Times
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The next time the infamous Delhi fog delays your fight at the airport, just sit back and soothe your frayed nerves with foot or shoulder massage.

The upcoming domestic departure terminal 1-D of the Delhi airport, expected to be ready by the end of 2008, would offer lounges with facilities such as spa, massage centre, shower, napping areas, food courts and gymnasiums to passengers.

There would be separate lounges for budget, business class and VIP passengers and most services would be free.

“The lounges would provide passengers transiting through Delhi or waiting for their flights, an opportunity to relax in comfort. Delhi is a major changeover point for most Indian cities as well as overseas flight connections,” said a senior DIAL official.

Also being considered are a special lounge, or even a separate terminal for general aviation passengers travelling in private jets. Plus, a business centre with conference facilities and limousine, sources said.

The under-construction Terminal 1-D is located between the existing Terminal 1A and arrival Terminal 1C. It would handle 10 million passengers every year.

It would cater to full-service airlines such as Jet Airways and budget carriers and would replace the existing Departure Terminal 1B.

The new building will be a two-level structure where passengers will check-in at the upper level and proceed to the security hold area.

Airport operator Delhi International Airport (P) Limited (DIAL) has invited expression of interest from interested parties to set up, operate, maintain and for management of lounges at the Terminal 1-D.

“The lounges at Delhi airport have few facilities. Sometimes even the air-conditioning doesn’t work. If Singapore’s Changi can boast a shower, spa and Jacuzzi, it’s time Delhi also got them,” said frequent flier Pankaj Bhargava, a chartered accountant.

At present, there are nine airline-operated lounges at the airport but facilities like shower or spa are not available. Also, they are only meant for VIPs and senior government officials.