The domestic departure terminal 1D of the Delhi airport is in for a major makeover in the next couple of months, as it gears up to handle international flights.
Terminal 1D is going to become a domestic-cum-international terminal for budget carriers and private airport operator Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) is toying with different plans on how to revamp T1D for international operations.
"The initial plan is to segregate T1D like Terminal 3 for domestic and international flights," said a senior airport official who didn’t wish to be identified.
"While the domestic side will continue functioning as it is, customs and immigration counters will have to be installed at the international section," he added.
Plans to convert T1D into an integrated terminal for budget carriers come in the wake of IndiGo airlines planning to start international flights later this year.
"Apart from IndiGo, there are some other international budget carriers from south-east Asia that are interested in starting operations from T1D," he said.
International operations from T1D are slated to take off from August this year but permission from the civil aviation ministry is still pending. The operations will also require deployment of additional customs and immigration officials.
"Though T3 can easily handle extra flights, we would like to utilise the additional infrastructure at our disposal," the official said. Terminal 1A, which was used by Air India and some budget carriers, has been mothballed after the national carrier shifted to T3 and other airlines to 1D. The old international Terminal2 is used for emergency or special flights.
Apart from segregating T1D for integrated use, there are plans to restart T1A as low-cost traffic is expected to grow.
"DIAL is considering various options at this stage and will make a formal announcement at an appropriate time," a DIAL spokesperson said.