Wednesday, August 23, 2017

DIAL to raise capacity to 119 million passengers, add another runway

New Delhi: GMR Group-led Delhi International Airport (DIAL) on Tuesday announced plans to increase the capacity of the Delhi airport to handle up to 119 million passengers.

The expansion work, to start next year, will go on beyond 2026. Under the IGI Airport Master plan 2016, the airport will be expanded in three phases — phase 3A (2018-21), 3B (2021-25) and Phase 4 (2026 onwards).

"Under the Phase 3A, which will start in March next year, the existing terminal 1— used by low-cost carriers IndiGo, SpiceJetBSE -0.93 % and GoAir — will be brought down and upgraded in phases. This will lead to an increase in capacity of the terminal to 40 million from the existing 20 million annual passengers," said I Prabhakara Rao, CEO, DIAL.

The plan also includes building a fourth runway by 2021, increasing the capacity of the existing Terminal 3 to 45 million from 34 million, and setting up a new Terminal 4.

Rao, however, refused to divulge details on the expected investments in the proposed expansion plan. "We will submitted the cost analysis to Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) by September-end," he said.
22/08/17 Economic Times

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