Passengers flying with low-cost airlines from Delhi airport will soon have to go to a different terminal to catch their flight. As part of the expansion plan of Delhi airport, at least two airlines will be shifted to Terminal 2 from where international flights used to operate before T3 was commissioned.
Currently, Indigo, SpiceJet and GoAir operate their domestic flights from T1. Sources say, while Indigo will continue to operate from T1, the other two are likely to be shifted for two years till the expansion of T1 is completed.
According to airport sources, a portion of T2, which is next to T3, is being renovated so that low-cost domestic flight operations of the two airlines can be shifted there by the end of this year.
Once the operations are shifted back completely to T1, T2 will be demolished and a new terminal will be built in its place. The new facility will be renamed T4.
A spokesperson of Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said, “We do not have the practice of making terminals exclusive for any airline. DIAL has plans to expand Terminal 1 to a much bigger facility. So it is possible that during the construction period, some traffic may be shifted to Terminal 2 as a stopgap arrangement so as to minimise inconvenience for our passengers. Haj operations will continue as before without any change.”
An airport official said that proper signages will be placed in and around the airport and airlines will be asked to inform the passengers about the change in the terminal. T2 is almost eight kilometres away from T1.
After the expansion, the airlines will be shifted back to T1 so that Delhi airport can have three different terminals for international airlines, low-cost domestic carriers and full-service domestic airlines. The ministry of civil aviation has approved the plan for airport expansion.
“We will start with the expansion of Terminal 1. In the next three years, the capacity of T1 will increase from 15 million per annum to 30 million per annum,” said an airport official.
T1 is built on an area of 53,000 square metres. After expansion, it will be spread over 133,000 square metres. A total of 10 aerobridges are likely to be constructed and the number of boarding gates will increase from eight to 25.
Post expansion, DIAL will also construct Terminal 4 to cater to full-service domestic carriers such as Air India and Jet Airways. Once T4 is constructed, full service domestic operations of Jet Airways and Air India and other such airlines will be shifted there and T3 will only deal with the international flight operations. Terminal 1 will then cater only to domestic low-cost carriers.