When the Delhi-Amritsar flight of Jet Airways takes off from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) at 5.45am on October 30, domestic operations from terminal T3 will officially begin.
The new T3 terminal of the IGIA was opened on July 14 but only international operations were started. After missing two deadlines, domestic operations will finally shift to T3 on the midnight of October 29.
From October 30, T3 will cater to flights of Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines and Air India and their low cost arms. Budget carriers IndiGo, SpiceJet and Go Air will operate from the domestic departure terminal 1D and arrival terminal 1C. Terminal 1A, which catered to Air India and Go Air, will be closed from October 30.
"Go Air, which is now operating from 1A, will shift to 1D on October 27," said PS Nair, CEO of Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL). "The other airlines will shift to T3 at one go in the midnight between October 29 and 30."
The airlines will shift their operations at midnight as there are no domestic flights at that hour. The operations will begin early morning on October 30.
With both international and domestic travellers now heading towards T3, traffic congestion near the terminal and NH-8 could be a problem.
"The tunnel road linking the Dwarka roundabout to T3 will open by the end of this month and take care of the traffic," Nair said.