Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Delhi IGI airport’s Terminal T1A set to be demolished; here’s why

Terminal T1A of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) will soon be demolished to make way for the ambitious expansion plans of the world’s “best airport”. The second oldest terminal of New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport- T1A will be demolished soon, according to an HT report. The terminal- T1A was built in the year 1982 in order to host international dignitaries who came to attend Commonwealth Heads of government meetings. Also, as the terminal was exclusively reserved for Air India, it came to be known as the Airbus terminal. However, the oldest terminal of the IGI airport is terminal 1B, which was demolished five years back. Once the terminal 1A is bulldozed, the terminal T2 will become the oldest one at the IGI airport, however, that too is scheduled to be demolished after three years. The demolition of terminals is a part of IGI airport’s expansion drive. As Terminal 1A was lying unused since the year 2010, it will be razed off first.

In the year 1988, Air India was shifted to this terminal and since then, the national carrier has been using the terminal to handle its Airbus operations. Thus, the association between the airline and the terminal is of 22 years. The airport operator, DIAL (Delhi International airport Limited) had earlier planned to use the terminal for Haj operations as well as for charter planes, however, it never materialised.

According to a DIAL spokesperson, the work to eliminate the terminal 1A will start in a fortnight. The spokesperson said that the airport has already completed barricading as well as associated preparatory works. An Air India official, who earlier worked at the terminal said that suddenly there was a growth in domestic passenger traffic and the AAI decided to shift Air India and its Airbus flights to terminal 1A. Later, other smaller airlines such as Go Air and others were shifted there, he said.
05/06/18 Devanjana Nag/Financial Express