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Delhi airport to get bigger, better

delhi Updated: Jun 01, 2016 11:04 IST

NEW DELHI: The Delhi airport is soon going to have three different terminals for international airlines, low-cost domestic carriers and full-service domestic airlines. The ministry of civil aviation (MOCA) has approved the plan for airport expansion, which includes a new runway, a new terminal and an internal rail network.

Sources said the airport operator of the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) had submitted an expansion plan to the ministry, in view of the growth in air traffic.

“We will start with the expansion of Terminal 1, which currently handles domestic operations of three low-cost carriers -- Go Air, Indigo and Spicejet. In the next three years, the capacity of T-1 will increase from 15 million per annum to 30 million per annum,” said an airport official.

T-1 is built on 53,000 sq m area. After the expansion, it will be spread over 133,000 sq m. Ten aerobridges will be constructed and the number of boarding gates will be increased from eight to 25. Other low-cost domestic carriers will be shifted to Terminal 1.

Post expansion, DIAL will construct Terminal 4, in the area where currently Terminal 2 is located. Terminal 4 will cater to full-service domestic carriers such as Air India and Jet Airways.

Once T-4 is constructed, fullservice domestic operations of Jet Airways and Air India and other such airlines will be shifted there and T-3 will only deal with the inter national flight operations.

This is in the updated master plan prepared by DIAL. Delhi airport, which already has three runways, will become the first airport in the country to have four. Airport officials are expecting to commission the fourth runway by 2018, which will take its per hour capacity from 75 flights to 105.

Delhi International Airport (P) Limited is expecting to start the construction in 2016 and complete it before 2018. The airport handles almost 1,000 aircraft every day. During peak hours, the planes hover in the sky and wait for landing.

Since the area of airport will increase, DIAL will connect all the terminals with a rail network. “A feasibility study will be ordered to know whether we need monorail, light metro or pod taxi,” the official added.

According to sources, the railway network will connect T-3, T-1 and the upcoming T-4.

First Published: Jun 01, 2016 11:04 IST