Work on the expansion of the busiest airport in India, Indira Gandhi International (DIAL) in Delhi, will start next year.
A major redevelopment of Terminal 1 (T1), outlined in a master plan agreed last year, will take place in three phases – 3A between 2018 and 2021, 3B (2021-2025) and Phase 4 (2026 onward). Initially, Terminal 1D (T1D) used for departures and and T1C (arrivals) will be merged into one and expanded to accommodate 40m ppa. The work will include installation of visual docking guidance systems and 22 airbridges. Floor space in the building will be extended from 60,000m2 to 169,000m2, five additional gates will be opened, and the number of aircraft parking positioned will be increased from 71 to 82. This will enable throughput in the building to grow to 40m ppa.
The revisions will be carried out while normal operations at T1 continue, although the capacity of the building will be reduced from 20m to 16m ppa while the project is underway. To alleviate any constraints this creates, Terminal T2 (T2) will be reactivated in October after having been largely unused for seven years, except during special events. Airport operated GMR Group started to refurbish T2 last year, and some domestic flights will transfer from T1 to T2 once the revamp of the 14m ppa facility is completed. T2 will have six contact stands and four bus gates.
Development plans for the airport also include construction of a fourth runway, parallel to Runway 11/29, which will be completed in 2021.
Mr I Prabhakara Rao, CEO of DIAL, said: “We have planned to increase the capacity of T1 and T3 and build a fourth runway in due course of time. In view of the robust growth in passenger traffic and upcoming airport expansion works, DIAL has revamped and is recommissioning T2. We have asked the airlines operating from T1 to part-shift operations to T2 from October 2017. T3 and T2 will cater to the growing traffic in the next three to four years by which time T1 expansion project would be completed. As the Airport Operator, DIAL is leaving no stone unturned toward making Delhi Airport a preferred hub airport in Asia. We aim to provide users with unique experience of airport ambience, excellence in services and innovative technologies.”
Delhi Airport is the largest and the busiest airport in India. During FY2016-17 it handled 57.7m passengers and was ranked 21st busiest in the world by Airport Council International.
Photo: Terminals T1C and T1D at Delhi Indira Gandhi International will be merged to increase capacity in the facility. (GMR Group)