Delhi's showcase Airport Express Corridor will become fully functional from tomorrow with the launch of two non-operational stations and the operator will allow free travel to defence personnel and freedom fighters on the occassion of Independence Day.
Dhaula Kuan and Delhi Aerocity stations, which received the mandatory safety clearance from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety R K Kardam on Friday, will be thrown open to public at 12 pm tomorrow.
With this, all six stations on the high-speed corridor that connects Connaught Place with the International Airport will become functional, over five months after the Line was opened to public on February 23.
While the New Delhi and Shivaji Stadium stations already allow passengers to check-in their baggage, the new Dhaula Kuan station will have check-in facility which will be operational soon.
The Reliance Infra-led consortium that runs the corridor also plans to extend the service hours from 18 hours to 20 hours soon to enable early morning and late night fliers to use the Airport Metro.
"We are happy to announce the opening of Dhaula Kuan and Aerocity station on the Independence Day. With the opening of all six stations, Delhiites can now have freedom from daily road traffic," Anil P Gupta, President, Reliance Infra, said.
On the occasion of Independence Day tomorrow, armed forces personnel and freedom fighters will be given free journey tickets and other passengers will get souvenirs from these two stations.
The Line takes passengers from CP in Delhi to the IGI Airport in flat 20 minutes in a plush environment.
Reliance Infra's CEO Lalit Jalan said the service is gaining popularity and the "footfall is increasing by 10 per cent on month-on-month basis. The trains are now running for 18 hours and will soon be increased to 20 hours a day".
"With commercial operations of all six stations, increase in train frequency to 15 minutes in the morning peak and airline city check-in at three stations, we are continuously thriving to increase the facilities and convenience for our passengers," he said.
The Dhaula Kuan station will also cater to army personnel and South Delhi college students, while the Aerocity is easily accessible for commuters coming from Vasant Kunj, Vasant Vihar and passengers of the airport's Terminal 1.