Saturday, October 09, 2021

Delhi airport T1 to come to life after 19 months from October 31; Mumbai T1 reopens October 20

New Delhi: Terminal 1 of Delhi airport will reopen for the first time since last March, on October 31 when IndiGo and SpiceJet domestic flights start operating from here again.

The first flight at T1 in nearly 19 months will be an IndiGo to Mumbai at 1.05 am on October 31.

Mumbai airport’s terminal 1 will reopen on October 20 and its only operational T2 is currently witnessing massive rush due to passenger surge during the festive season. Delhi, which houses India’s busiest airport, on the other hand has two operational terminal T3 and T2.

The winter schedule will kick in from October-end. If Covid stays under control, then the government may allow airlines to operate 100% of their pre-Covid domestic flight capacity.

At the moment, airlines are allowed 85% of pre-Covid domestic capacity — the highest since pandemic outbreak last March. Once that happens, Delhi and Mumbai will need all their terminals operational.

“Delhi airport is all set to reopen for domestic flight operations at T1 after nearly 18 months of shutdown. With the resumption of the third terminal, Delhi Airport will be functional completely… assure passengers that at Delhi airport (passengers) would be in a safe and healthy environment… sanitise(d) the vast terminal,” Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) CEO Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO-DIAL said.

The operators has “encourages passengers to use e-boarding scanners for entry to security and frisking checkpoints.”

Commercial operations of domestic and international flights were suspended from March 24, 2020, during the national lockdown. Since then only T3 at IGI Airport was operational.

08/10/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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