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Fancy way to fly

The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport’s domestic wing has undergone some new cosmetic enhancement.1C features the city’s only airport bar, open to all passengers of Kingfisher, Indian Airlines and Jet Airways.

india Updated: Jul 04, 2010 14:32 IST
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The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport’s domestic wing has undergone some new cosmetic enhancement. The new hybrid terminal, 1C, which connects 1B to 1A, has been designed to keep passengers happy during those long delays.

As we enter, the security check at the terminal seemed to be experiencing problems as one scanner shut down, prompting groans from the long line of passengers. But all is forgiven when you walk into the sweeping glass terminal with potted plants and fancy retail outlets like Swarovski and Parcos… not duty free, of course.

1C features the city’s only airport bar, open to all passengers of Kingfisher, Indian Airlines and Jet Airways, the flights that are currently routed through the terminal. Featuring a lounge area with a tarmac view, Ultra Bar has live food stations and an interesting selection of liquor.

We tried a black currant vodka concoction that was served alongside Pickled Lamb Tartlets (Rs 220) and Garlic Basil Chicken Tikka (Rs 220), the chef’s recommendation. The only distraction from the bohemian glamour of sipping cocktails at 3 pm was the constant buzz of flies, which have somehow evaded the security check.

The food court on the first floor could rival those fancy ones, featuring names like Dominos Pizza, Mad Over Donuts, Idli.com and Curry Kitchen. KFC will soon join the line-up.

According to Rituparn Sharma, general manager of Travel Food Services, which runs the food court, foreigners and Indians alike can be seen queuing up to the counters, asking for Masala Podi Idlis (Rs 50 for a plate of crunchy, oddly spicy idlis) or a Chicken Tikka Roll (Rs 130). A surprise addition to the bunch is Delhi’s nostalgic favourite — Nirula’s — whose ice cream counter has been creating a buzz at the new terminal. The counter’s hot chocolate fudge ice cream (Rs 100 for a single scoop) is their bestseller. The food court can even make allergy-sensitive food, taking care to include enough vegetarian and gluten-free products.

Suddenly, those inevitable delays don’t seem that bad.