Friday, April 21, 2017

Terminal -1D expansion plan hits hurdle

Delhi airport’s plan to expand Terminal-1D seems to have hit a fresh hurdle after the Central government failed to convince domestic airlines to shift their flight operations to Terminal-2 to begin expansion work at the overcrowded Terminal-1D.
“We need to have a clear understanding of the [plane] slots availability before we make a significant decision related to T-1,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said at a press conference here on Thursday.

He said the current master plan of the Delhi airport had envisaged reducing T-1’s annual capacity from 20 million passengers to 10-15 million passengers by asking airlines to move to T-2 while expanding T-1’s capacity.

“Another way of doing it prudentially is to build Terminal-4 very quickly, expand capacity in T-3 and move everyone [all airlines] to T-4 at once,” Mr. Sinha said.

The Minister acknowledged that Delhi T-1 was overcrowded with the terminal handling 24 million passengers against its capacity of 20 million passengers annually. “In peak hours, there is overcrowding in T-1 and we do recognise that,” Mr. Sinha added.
21/04/17 The Hindu