Monday, September 11, 2006

No-frills terminal likely at IGI

New Delhi: In a few years, you may be boarding your low-cost flight from a no-frills terminal. Air Deccan MD Captain Gopinath recently made this proposal to the GMR group, which bagged the project of modernising IGI airport and gave the blueprint for a budget terminal.
This concept is already in vogue abroad. For instance, London has the Stanstead terminal exclusively for low cost carriers.
The idea is to have very fast aircraft movement in which planes land; unload; get departing passengers and their baggage on board, and then take off fast.
The contrast between a terminal for full-cost and no-frills airline can be drawn by comparing the Heathrow and Stanstead airports of London. While Heathrow has exclusive duty-free shopping area, restaurants and several other services, Stanstead has some outlets and coffee shops.
11/09/06 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India