Delhi airport to get separate terminal for chartered flights
Airport officials said VIPs prefer to travel in private jets and currently, all the movements take place from Terminal 1, which is operating beyond its capacity.delhi Updated: May 30, 2017 23:50 IST
To cater to the growing demand of chartered flights, the Delhi airport will have a dedicated terminal and parking bays for private jets before 2020.
About 1,200 scheduled flights take off and land at the Delhi airport every day and an additional 40-50 small non-scheduled chartered planes also operate from the air hub.
Airport officials said VIPs prefer to travel in private jets and currently, all the movements take place from Terminal 1, which is operating beyond its capacity.
“The Delhi airport has a special lounge at Terminal 1 and about 70 general aviation companies have their offices at a building in front of the terminal. The airport operator plans to shift all of them to one place,” said an airport source.
Construction has started and will be completed within three years. The new terminal will come near the Indian Air Force area. Its name and area has not been finalised.
A spokesperson for Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), the airport operator said, “DIAL has appointed two concessionaires to develop FBO and MRO (fixed-based operator and maintenance repair and overhaul) facilities at the IGI airport. Both the concessionaires are developing new facilities such as a new general aviation terminal, new hangars, aircraft parking bays and other support services to cater to the increasing demands of the general aviation industry/non-scheduled operators”.
Due to the increasing rush of passengers, the ministry of civil aviation has decided to increase the capacity of Delhi airport by 50%.
Last year, 2016, Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) handled one crore extra passengers overs the previous year. The infrastructure during the period remained the same and as a result passengers often complained of congestion in the terminal and extra waiting time at the security and immigration checks.
“The capacity of Terminal 1 is 20 million while it handles 24 million passengers. There will be a little relief when private operations are shifted out of here. Soon, we will decide whether to shift airlines to T2 or build a completely new terminal –T4,” said an official.
Putting together, the two terminals of Delhi airport, T1 and T3, has the capacity to handle 62 million passengers per annum. They handled 55.6 million in 2016 and the number is likely to cross the capacity this year. Against the 1050 average flight movements in a day in 2015, the number increased to 1185 flights per day.
Airport officials credited the growth to new airlines and the price war between them. The Delhi airport has an annual passenger capacity of over 62 million, including Terminal 3 that can handle 34 million passengers. The airport handles 1.2 lakh passengers every day.
First Published: May 30, 2017 23:26 IST