With Jet Airways and Kingfisher shifting to Terminal 3, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), has closed a portion of the existing domestic Terminal 1D.
According to sources, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), responsible for the security of airports across the country, was finding it difficult to manage 1D.
"Almost half of T1D needs to be shut as the number of passengers using this terminal has fallen. Only three low-cost carriers—Indigo, Spicejet and GoAir—are operating from here and they don’t need so much space," said a CISF official.
T1D was constructed at a cost of Rs 500 crore two years ago for domestic carriers.
"Old domestic terminals, 1A and 1B had the capacity to handle only five million passengers while traffic was nearly eight million. Keeping the growing demand in mind, T1D was constructed,” said a DIAL official.
"Some changes have been made such as the gates from 5 to 8 are being used for entry while gates 1-4 have been shut. Instead of 14, there are 7 boarding gates in usage. The retail options including F&B outlets are still open," said a DIAL spokesperson.
Sources said that there were 14 security channels which have now been reduced to 7. Also the number of check-in counters has been reduced.
On November 11, Terminal 1A was closed for commercial operation after Air India shifted to Terminal 3. The World War II-vintage terminal 1B was demolished earlier this year.