As T2 shutdown looms, DIAL open to having dedicated terminals for airways: CEO


NEW DELHI: The operator of India’s busiest hub – Delhi’s IGIA – is again to the drafting board to work out the “best possible option” for dealing with rising worldwide site visitors. While T2 will quickly be shut after the expanded T1 opens later this month, Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) CEO Videh Kumar Jaipuriar on Friday stated all choices are open that embody having dedicated terminals for airways (with IndiGo and Air India having large fleet orders) or having dedicated terminals for worldwide and home flights.
“Our current capacity (T1 + T2 + T3) is about 10.4-10.9 crore passengers annually (CPA) of which international is 2.2 crore (with only T3 handling overseas flights.) last year we handled just under 2 crore international passengers and are running out of capacity in this front. With international traffic growing at 8-10% annually & domestic-international transfers increasing, we need to have more capacity for foreign traffic,” Jaipuriar stated at a CAPA occasion on Friday.
The two quick time period choices that may be executed in 6-12 months are changing T2 to all-international or changing a home pier in T3 to worldwide. No agency choice has been taken but on which possibility might be exercised, he stated.
“The shift from T2 to the expanded T1 (when it opens after getting security clearance later this month) will happen in phases. In about 15-day gaps we will do the shifting and complete the process within two months,” the CEO stated.
India’s greatest airline — IndiGo — is learnt to have objected as it should have all its worldwide flights from T3 and all home from T1 (as soon as the shift from T2 is accomplished). AI Group, alternatively, IndiGo has instructed DIAL could have all worldwide and most home flights from the identical terminal T3. “The entire trouble of transferring passenger between distant T1 and T3 will be borne by IndiGo when T2 closes. Either shift us 100% to T1 by having an international wing there, or let us also have some domestic flights from T3, IndiGo has told DIAL and is awaiting a response from them,” folks within the know say. Jaipuriar didn’t touch upon this problem.
DIAL, in the meantime, is making ready for switch of passengers between T1 and T3 — one thing that occurs on buses working metropolis aspect within the absence of an air prepare or automated folks mover (APM). “We are working on airside transfers of baggage for passengers taking connecting flights on the same airline group. For instance, passengers travelling Patna-Istanbul (on IndiGo both flights) via Delhi, will not be required to take their bags on arrival at T1 on the domestic to international part of the journey. For return (when customs needs to be cleared), we are working with Govt agencies to see how this can work,” stated Jaipuriar.
To deal with switch site visitors, DIAL is constructing a resort outdoors T3. It is seeing if the identical can occur on the automotive park outdoors T1.

Air prepare

: DIAL will quickly go for a world bidding of the proposed air prepare at IGIA — the long run resolution for seamless intra-terminal connectivity. “The APM will be free for transfer passengers. We are looking at having allowing paid travellers on it who wish to travel city-side within the airport ecosystem. There may still be some viability gap and to fill that we might approach the Govt for a one-time tarriff support in the form of an airport development fees (ADF). We have made that representation,” stated the CEO.
The air prepare will take about 3-4 years from when the work begins — simply in time when T2 makes method for a model new and greater T4.

Future progress:

With 4 runways, IGIA presently has 1,500 every day slots. “We are working with international consultants to optimise our runway usage. In the next 2-3 years, first with dependant parallel usage of runways and then independent usage, we can add daily 500-700 slots. From current peak of 84 aircraft movement hour per hour, this can go to 110 aircraft,” Jaipuriar stated.
Delhi Airport is utilizing expertise in a giant method. Along with immigration, it has set to biometric machines on arrival for worldwide passengers. “People coming in e-visas give their biometrics (finger scan). Doing so at immigration meant longer queues. That’s why we just started this,” Jaipuriar stated.
Trends: DIAL says it’s working with Delhi Metro to guarantee extra folks come to the airport on metro and in addition use baggage drop at stations the place the power is out there. More stations will get baggage drop facility for passengers. “We see more people are using a Metro,” he stated.
Jaipuriar stated 25-30% passengers going overseas are OCI (abroad citizenship of India) card holders. “They are looking for souvenirs and sweets to take from India with the airport last place where they can do so before flying out of here. They are also looking for food & beverage brands that are familiar with and also want to try newly-grown Indian brands,” he stated.
Aerocity: The Delhi Airport’s Aerocity – which is being massively expanded by Bharti Reality — is turning into a vacation spot in itself. “We now see people flying into Delhi staying at Aerocity hotel and having meetings there during the day before flying back home afterwards. Sometimes return the same day after completing their work here itself. Hotels here are seeing 90% occupancy. From 18 lakh square feet of retail, we are going up to 3 crore square feet of commercial hub,” Jaipuriar stated.

Nilesh Desai
Nilesh Desai
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