Tuesday, February 08, 2022

How new facility at Terminal 1 will be bigger, better

New Delhi: The new arrival terminal at Indira Gandhi International Airport is ready and will become operational soon, said airport operator Delhi International Airport Limited, a GMR Group company. Officials said the 8,000 sq metre facility at Terminal 1 would offer a distinctive experience to flyers and the current domestic arrival operations will move to the new arrival terminal.

I, Prabhakara Rao, deputy managing director, GMR Group, said, “DIAL has successfully completed expansion work of the arrival terminal at T1 and is ready for operations. This new arrival terminal is another step towards enhancing the infrastructure and passenger experience at Delhi airport. The current domestic arrival operations will now move to the new terminal, which would enable DIAL to take up the demolition of the existing arrival terminal, T1C.”

The new arrival facility is equipped with four additional baggage carousels. The pickup lanes outside the terminal have been realigned and expanded by three to a total of 11 lanes. This will ease traffic congestion and significantly boost convenience for passengers.

Among other features at the new facility are modern toilets, huge space between baggage belts, greenery inside the terminal with ample natural light, lavish ceremonial and VIP lounge, state-of-the-art meet and greet gallery, modern food court and ample parking space for taxis, cabs, private vehicles and shuttle buses.

As part of IGIA’s Phase 3A expansion project, the integrated Terminal 1, where work is under way, will have the arrival and departure terminals under one roof. The upgraded T1 will double its passenger handling capacity from 20 million to 40 million passengers per annum. After completion, the new Terminal 1 will have integrated arrival and departure terminals, a new node housing retail and F&B outlets and a pier building comprising 22 contact stands.

08/02/22 Priyangi Agarwal/Times of India

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