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Delhi airport’s T2 will get its first flight today as GoAir begins ops

T2 is centrally located and is accessible from both T1 and T3. It is a less than 500-metre walk from T3 and the airport’s Metro station.

delhi Updated: Oct 28, 2017 09:54 IST
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A GoAir flight to Lucknow will be the first to depart from Terminal 2 on Sunday. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT Photo)

Delhi airport’s Terminal 2 will begin operations on Saturday, taking some pressure off the crowded Terminal 1, as GoAir shifts its operations.

Flight G8-148 from Ranchi will be the first to land at the terminal at 10:05 pm Saturday while G8-207 leaving for Lucknow at 5:25 am Sunday will be the first to depart.

T1 and T3 put together have capacity to handle 62 million passengers a year. The airport handled 55.6 million passengers in 2016 and the number is expected to rise this year. Against an average of 1,050 flight movements a day in 2015, the number has risen to 1,185.

T2 was ready in January but could not open then as the airlines operating from T1 did not shift. Now, with GoAir shifting to T2, airport operator DIAL hopes IndiGo and Spicejet will follow.

“To inform passengers of the change, signage and hoardings will be put up across both terminals at the airport. GoAir will also update its passengers through its social media network, company website and intimation through email, SMS and its customer service helpline. To ensure awareness amongst public transport services, the airline will be communicating the change to all local cabs and offices of all radio taxi operators,” an airline spokesperson said.

T2 is centrally located and is accessible from both T1 and T3. It is a less than 500-metre walk from T3 and the airport’s Metro station.

DIAL will provide free inter-terminal transfer facility between T1 and T2 for three months.

“Terminal 2 of the IGI Airport has various key features to provide a seamless experience to flyers including adequate check-in counters, additional X-ray machines and baggage reclaim belts. The new terminal has four entry and two exit gates. To handle fast growing passenger traffic, as many as 74 check-in counters have been set up at the terminal building. A total of nine X-ray machines have been installed for hassle-free security checks. Besides, for comfortable movement of flyers, there are six contact stands as well as four bus gates at the terminal,” the spokesperson added.

First Published: Oct 27, 2017 23:34 IST