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Get ready for jumbo-size domestic terminal by mid-2008

The Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd. plans to start the new terminal 1B by the middle of next year, reports Sidhartha Roy.

delhi Updated: Aug 26, 2007 03:48 IST
Sidhartha Roy

The ball has started rolling for the construction of a new domestic terminal at the Delhi Airport. The Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd. plans to start the new terminal 1B by the middle of next year.

With air traffic and number of passengers increasing every day, the existing domestic departure terminal 1B built decades ago is bursting at the seams. During peak morning hours, sometimes there is not enough space to sit for passengers. “After the new terminal is ready by mid-2008, there would not be any long queues at the domestic terminal. The new building would provide better amenities and take care of the fast growing domestic traffic,” a DIAL spokesman said.

The new domestic terminal would include a new departure building and an expanded arrival building. The building would be located between the existing Terminal 1A (used by Indian Airlines and Kingfisher Airlines) and the Terminal 1C (domestic arrivals).

“Work on the construction of the building has started with the demolition of some existing structures in the cargo complex between Terminal 1A and 1C. These buildings are being razed and the foundation of the new building will be laid after this,” a DIAL spokesman said.

The new building will have two levels — passengers would check in at an upper level and proceed to the security hold area. When their respective flights are announced, passengers would travel downstairs to a gate hold room area and then to their respective aircraft.

The present arrivals building (Terminal 1C) would be expanded towards the existing Terminal 1B (departure). “The extra space would increase the baggage claim areas and also allow greater passenger throughput capacity,” he said.

“Arriving passengers would enter the terminal through gates on the airside and then proceed directly to the bag-claim areas on the rear side of the building,” he said.

“All the airlines operating from Terminal 1B would be shifted to the new building but airlines like Indian would keep operating from Terminal 1A. The present 1B building would not be demolished and we are still planning how it would be used,” he said.

As the new building would come up between Terminal 1A and 1C, passengers changing flights from Delhi would not have to worry about rushing from one terminal to another. At present, the distance between 1A and 1B poses a problem for passengers who do not know the area.

DIAL also plans to introduce in-line baggage handling system in the new terminal that would save passengers from standing in long queues to get their baggage X-rayed. Passengers would proceed to the check-in counter and receive boarding card while the baggage would get checked and assigned automatically.