PLANS FOR EX­PAN­SION OF NEW DELHI AIRPORT

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In­spired by a mas­sive in­crease in pas­sen­ger traf­fic at Ter­mi­nal 1 (T1), the GMR Group-led Delhi In­ter­na­tional Airport Lim­ited (DIAL) con­sor­tium, has un­veiled an am­bi­tious plan to ex­pand Indira Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Airport, New Delhi in three phases in the pe­riod 2018 to 2026. Delhi airport han­dled 57.7 mil­lion pas­sen­gers in the fi­nan­cial year 2016-17 against a max­i­mum han­dling ca­pac­ity of 70 mil­lion. The pas­sen­ger traf­fic for FY2017 has al­ready crossed the ca­pac­ity of the ex­ist­ing ter­mi­nal of 20 mil­lion. The de­par­ture ter­mi­nal, T1-D and ar­rival ter­mi­nal, T1-C will be merged in to one fu­tur­is­tic ter­mi­nal and will be ex­panded to ac­com­mo­date 40 mil­lion pas­sen­gers. The orig­i­nal in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal T2, moth­balled af­ter T3 was com­mis­sioned, has been ren­o­vated and can han­dle up to 14 mil­lion pas­sen­gers. DIAL has asked the air­lines to par­tially shift op­er­a­tions from T1 to T2 on an in­terim ba­sis, from Oc­to­ber 2017. T1 will be up­graded in par­al­lel with re­duced on-going opera- tions over three years. Once air­lines move back to the new T1, the ex­ist­ing T2 will be con­verted into T4 and in­te­grated with T3. Op­er­a­tions will be stream­lined for the pas­sen­ger and the air­line.

One of the more sig­nif­i­cant up­grades will be away from the public eye. At present, flights to/from T1 need to use a cir­cuitous route to run­way 29-11 forc­ing ATC to over­load the central run­way 28-10. The new run­way to be built in 2021, when com­mis­sioned, will hope­fully over­come the forced dis­placed thresh­old on the ex­ist­ing run­way 29-11, which lim­its its us­able length.

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