VIP se­cu­rity con­cerns de­lay ex­clu­sive ter­mi­nal for char­tered planes in Delhi

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Metro - Faizan Haidar faizan.haider@hin­dus­tan­

A ded­i­cated ter­mi­nal for char­tered air­craft at Delhi air­port may not come up soon due to se­cu­rity con­cerns over use of runway 9-27 by small planes.

Delhi air­port has three run­ways — 9-27, 10-28 and 11-29. Of these 9-27 is the short­est and mostly used by VIPs, in­clud­ing the Prime Min­is­ter and the Pres­i­dent.

Delhi air­port op­er­a­tor, DIAL, had pro­posed a ded­i­cated ter­mi­nal and park­ing bays for pri­vate jets near runway 9-27 so that busi­ness trav­ellers can just walk into their air­craft.But se­cu­rity of­fi­cials said the op­er­a­tion of pri­vate char­tered flights from the same area may com­pro­mise the safety of pro­tectees and suggested shift­ing of the pro­posed ter­mi­nal.

Sources said DIAL is now look­ing for a new site for the ter­mi­nal. Among op­tions for the new fa­cil­ity are a site near Ter­mi­nal 3. Of­fi­cials as­so­ci­ated with the pro­posal said de­spite de­lay the ter­mi­nal will be built by 2020.

“Us­age of runway 9/27 for GA (Gen­eral Avi­a­tion) move­ment has been dis­al­lowed and con­se­quently it be­came es­sen­tial to iden­tify a new lo­ca­tion for the de­vel­op­ment of FBO (fixed based op­er­a­tor) MRO (main­te­nance, re­pair and over­haul) fa­cil­i­ties at IGIA in or­der to re­duce the on ground move­ment of air­craft,” said a spokesper­son of Delhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port Lim­ited (DIAL), air­port op­er­a­tor.

“DIAL has iden­ti­fied the land for the de­vel­op­ment of 62 park­ing bays, 4 hangars and 2 FBO ter­mi­nals at a site near T3. De­tails of the same have been shared with min­istry of civil avi­a­tion and Air­ports Author­ity of In­dia (AAI),” the spokesper­son said.

The Delhi air­port op­er­ates about 1,200 flights daily. An 40-50 small non sched­uled char­tered planes also fly from Delhi. The pri­vate avi­a­tion sec­tor has reg­is­tered an an­nual growth of 12-15%.

Air­port of­fi­cials said 95% of the pri­vate jets fly from Ter­mi­nal 1, which is al­ready op­er­at­ing be­yond its ca­pac­ity.

A spokesper­son for Bird Ex­e­cuJet air­port ser­vices pri­vate lim­ited, which will con­struct the new ter­mi­nal, said that they will fin­ish con­struc­tion in 18 months, once they are as­signed land.

“Peo­ple use char­tered plane to save time. Ide­ally, they should be able to walk to the plane from the ter­mi­nal. A blue­print of the ter­mi­nal is al­most ready. The new build­ing will have a lounge also. There will be just one floor and within 60 days of land al­lot­ment, we will start the con­struc­tion,” the spokesper­son said.

Due to the in­creas­ing rush of pas­sen­gers, the min­istry of civil avi­a­tion has de­cided to in­crease the ca­pac­ity of Delhi air­port by 50%. The new ter­mi­nal will also han­dle in­ter­na­tional char­tered planes.


Nearly 50 char­tered planes fly from Delhi air­port daily.

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