Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port

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With a pro­jected 40-mil­lion-plus pas­sen­gers this year, Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional is the busiest air­port in In­dia, and the sub­con­ti­nent’s largest avi­a­tion hub. The new­est of IGIA’s ter­mi­nal build­ings is the in­te­grated in­ter­na­tional Ter­mi­nal 3 which was opened in 2010. To­gether with do­mes­tic Ter­mi­nal 1D, which re­opened the year prior, Indira Gandhi has enough room to han­dle 62 mil­lion pas­sen­gers per year.

T3’s stylish ar­chi­tec­ture fea­tures sweep­ing vis­tas of steel and glass flooded with nat­u­ral light, with 168 check-in coun­ters to welcome pas­sen­gers. The scale and ca­pac­ity of the 5.4-mil­lion-squarefoot, two level ter­mi­nal of­fers pas­sen­gers ac­cess to huge re­tail ar­eas with duty free shop­ping and spe­cialty/lux­ury shops, in­clud­ing a spe­cial bazaar for ex­clu­sive In­dian hand­i­crafts, tea and spices. There are food courts, fine-din­ing restau­rants and grab-and-go eater­ies, as well as spas and ex­press mas­sage fa­cil­i­ties, a gam­ing zone and a prayer room.

The ter­mi­nal has 78 jet bridges, of which six are ca­pa­ble of han­dling the Air­bus A380. And to process ar­riv­ing pas­sen­gers there are over 90 immigration desks and a bag­gage sys­tem ca­pa­ble of han­dling over 12,400 bags an hour.

A 93-room Ea­ton Smart transit ho­tel within the ter­mi­nal serves both in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic tran­sit­ing pas­sen­gers. There are the usual con­tin­gent of air­line lounges as well as three pay-asyou-go es­tab­lish­ments.

The star of IGIA is def­i­nitely T3, but its older sib­ling Ter­mi­nal 1 also has its own set of re­tail stores, food out­lets and even a cin­ema. Orig­i­nally built to han­dle 16 mil­lion pas­sen­gers a year, T1-D is al­ready near­ing its lim­its. DIAL (Delhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port Lim­ited) the joint ven­ture which man­ages the air­port has put out a call for pro­pos­als to ex­pand T1, nearly dou­bling its ca­pac­ity to 30 mil­lion trav­el­ers and adding 800,000 square feet of ter­mi­nal space and 10 jet bridges. The ini­tial plan calls for con­struc­tion on the huge un­der­tak­ing to be­gin in Oc­to­ber 2016.

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