Saturday, August 19, 2017

Shift 1/3rd of flights to T2, DIAL tells IndiGo, SpiceJet & GoAir

New Delhi: The domestic flights of IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir will fly in and out of both terminal 1 and terminal 2 of Delhi's IGI Airport from October. The Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd (DIAL) has asked these three low-cost carriers (LCC) to cut one-third of their domestic flights each currently operating from terminal 1 and shift them to terminal 2 from the winter schedule, which comes into force this year from October 29.
The annual passenger handling capacity of T1 is 2 crore annually but it handles almost 3 crore flyers. Imple mentation of DIAL's directive will result in one crore passengers being shifted to T2. DIAL has issued the order asking all airlines operating from T1to shift onethird of their flights to T2 from October. It is for the airlines to decide which flights they want to shift depending on their operational factors," aviation secretary R N Choubey told TOI.DIAL has made the mothballed-since-2010 (when terminal 3 opened) T2 ready last winter itself. T2 was in use from Asiad '82 till just before the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
While the shift will ease congestion at the completely chocked T1and allow its expansion work to begin, it is likely to lead to confusion among passengers over which terminal -1or 2 -to go to for their domestic flights on these three budget carriers. The better option would have been to shift one big airline -either IndiGo or SpiceJet -completely to T2 and let the other remain fully in T1.It is always easier for passengers to have airline-specific terminals but now domestic flights of IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir will operate both from two terminals which are 7km apart. So going to the wrong terminal to catch a flight will mean really rushing to the other one to avoid missing it.
19/08/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India