Tuesday, August 22, 2017

GMR-led DIAL set for Delhi airport expansion

Hyderabad: The GMR Group-led Delhi International Airport Ltd has announced its plans to start the process of Delhi Airport capacity expansion.

The expansion process, as per the IGI Airport Master Plan 2016, will encompass airport airside, terminal and landside.

In May 2016, DIAL had finalised the plan with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, in consultation with all the stakeholders. The expansion is to cater to the future requirements.

The Master Plan will be implemented in three modular phases-phase 3A (2018-21), 3 B (2021-25) and Phase 4 (2026 onwards).

The departure Terminal, T1D and arriving Terminal, T1 C will be merged into one and expanded to accommodate 40 million passengers a year. This includes modification of Apron to meet future aircraft demand equipped with modern facilities like Bridge Mounted Equipment and Visual Docking Guidance System. The modified T1 will also have Aerobridge operations with 22 Aerobridges.

I Prabhakara Rao, CEO, DIAL, in a statement said, “We have planned to increase the capacity of T1 and T3 and build a fourth runway in due course of time. As per the Master Plan, capacity of T1 will be increased from 20 million to 40 million and the capacity of T3 will be increased from 34 million to 45 million. The expansion would enable us to handle the steep rise of the passenger inflow at the airport.”

He further added, “In view of the robust growth in passenger traffic and upcoming airport expansion works, DIAL is recommissioning T2. We have asked the airlines operating from T1 for part shifting of operations to T2 from October. T3 and T2 would cater to the growing traffic in the next three to four years by which time T1 expansion project would be completed.”
22/08/17 V Rishi Kumar/Business Line