Friday, February 16, 2018

Delhi: Massive expansion plans for Terminal 1; sharp rise in check-ins at metro stations

Have a flight to catch from Delhi airport's Terminal 2 and unsure if a car will get you there in time? Authorities suggest you take the high-speed Metro, drop off your luggage at the New Delhi or Shivaji Stadium stations to fly hassle-free.

The number of city check-ins at the two Metro stations has seen a sharp spike-going up by 20 times over the past year as flyers try to avoid jams on roads or go sightseeing after checking out of their hotels at noon.

Currently only Air India, Vistara and Jet Airways have their check-in counters at the two stations on the Airport Metro corridor that links central Delhi to Terminal 3. Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) authorities now plan to rope in GoAir, IndiGo and SpiceJet to offer the facility too.

"As more and more commuters check-in from Metro stations, it eases the pressure on check-in counters at the airport, leading to faster check-in and shorter queues. And of course, fewer cars and less pollution on the roads leading to airport," said an official.

While GoAir has already shifted its entire operation to T2, IndiGo and SpiceJet have to move a third of their operations out of T1 to T2 shortly following a Delhi High Court directive this week.
16/02/18 Sweta Dutta/India Today