Despite the much talked about swanky makeover that our
very own international airport has recently gone through, it will be a while before it makes up for its long held reputation of being a glorified bus stop.
The IGI airport in Delhi has topped the Forbes’ third annual list of the World’s Most Delayed Airports, with the least number of timely arrivals. With only 45 per cent passenger flights arriving on time the whole of last year, the report doesn’t come as surprise to many, since the national Capital was among the top few in their 2008 list as well. Recently, actors Riteish Deshmukh, Shabana Azmi and Asin Thottumkal were among the many who were inconvenienced by fog-related flight delays at IGI.
HT City spoke to celebrities who are frequent travellers about their experiences, good or bad, at the Delhi airport. “Hovering over Delhi with a 30 to 45 minutes delay in landing time too is a regular affair,” says designer Shantanu Mehra.
“Most often due to air congestion, Delhi-Mumbai flights in the morning and evening are usually delayed,” says actress Minissha Lamba. Model Amanpreet Wahi says, “To make matters worse, the airport staff gives no importance to the commuters’ time and the airlines do not keep passengers posted on flight status either.” Actress Chitrangada Singh recalls, “Just recently I was stuck at the airport for two hours. The airport officials were totally nonchalant about it.”
Delhiites can seek consolation in the fact that Mumbai stands fourth on the list and five New York airports too feature on it.
The new domestic terminal — with facilities like a bookshop, a food court, a kids’ corner, free wi-fi, glitzy showrooms and fashion stores — has been rated world class by several travel magazines.
Delhi airport express line, expected to start by September, will make the commute faster.