Sunday, October 01, 2023

Delhi Airport likely to get air train for seamless travel — What we know so far

New Delhi: In a bid to make travel simple, the aviation authority is likely to introduce the long-delayed air train at the Delhi airport. It is learnt that Indira Gandhi International Airport officials are considering two options for a transit system to ease commuting between terminals. The options are – six km route with four stops or eight km route with six stops. This change is intended to provide a seamless connection between Terminals 3 and 2 on one side and Terminal 1 on the other, thereby minimizing the current road congestion.

The civil aviation ministry had been sent a proposal for an automated passenger mover (APM) from Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL). In addition to user development fees (UDF), the proposal proposes user development fees (UDF) to address the viability gap.

According to sources, DIAL has been asked to consider the Airports Authority of India’s recommendation that it adhere to the original master plan for Delhi airport. According to sources, the air train route will be 6 kilometers long with four stations at T1, Aerocity, the cargo terminal, and T3.

The Singapore-based consultant hired by DIAL to evaluate the alternatives favoured the eight-kilometer route with six stations. The two additional stations are proposed for the hotel and office districts of Aerocity. Due to the increased foot traffic at these stations, DIAL may be able recover Rs 2,500 crore of the project’s cost. In different countries, the use of an air train to travel from one airport terminal to another is free.

01/10/2023 Shaheryar Hossain/NewsNine

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