Monday, February 19, 2018

IndiGo moves to Supreme Court as IGI's T1 expansion stuck

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As budget airline IndiGo approaches Supreme Court with a special leave petition against the order of a division bench of the Delhi High Court last week directing it to move one third of its operations from Terminal 1 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport to Terminal 2, the expansion plans for the domestic terminals continues to hang fire.

The Delhi International Airport (Private) Limited (DIAL) has been in talks with three low-cost carriers - Indigo, GoAir and SpiceJet - over the past year to shift a third of their operations out of T1 so that the domestic terminal's capacity can be increased.

Presently, T1 handles 21 million passengers per year whereas according to the original plan its capacity is 20 million a year.

"Expansion work should always begin before an infrastructure project reaches saturation point. That makes the transition smoother and it is also easier to carry out the renovation or construction work. Work on T1 should ideally have begun last year and had the three carriers moved out by now, the project would have kept its timeline," said a senior civil aviation ministry official.

As part of the first phase of the Master Plan, Terminal 1D and 1C will be expanded and merged into a single terminal, Elevated Eastern Cross Taxiways will come up to enhance airside capacity and a new runway is set to come up parallel to Runway 11/29.

Delhi Airport is the largest and the busiest airport in the country and in 2016-17 it handled 57.7 million passengers and over 8,57,000 tonnes of cargo. It has been ranked the 21st busiest airport in the world by Airports Council International in 2016.

While GoAir has completely shifted its operations to Terminal 2, which was so far being operated as the Haj Terminal, IndiGo and SpiceJet had approached the Delhi High Court opposing DIAL's proposal to move out of T1.

On February 13, a division bench of the Delhi High Court upheld its single-judge bench order and directed IndiGo to move out and to approach DIAL within a week with its decision on the sectors it decides to operate from the assigned terminal.
19/02/18 Mail Today/India Today

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