The Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) serves Delhi and is one of the busiest airports in southern Asia and the biggest in India itself. Recently, it has improved a lot and has become bigger, safer and more convenient.
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The airport is connected to Delhi by the Delhi Airport Metro Express train line and the 8-lane Delhi Gurgaon Expressway. Low floor buses regularly run between the airport and the city. DTC operates several buses to the airport. Prepaid taxis are also available from the terminal to all areas of Delhi. The Delhi Mass Rapid Transit System will connect the new Terminal 3 with Delhi city.
There are regular shuttle buses between the international and domestic terminals.
Currently, there are 2 terminals in use, but the third one will be in use before the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which are to be held in Delhi in October. For now, Terminal 1 is the domestic terminal, Terminal 2 the international one. For more information about airlines, also visit the budget airlines and list of airlines articles.
IGI Airport serves as a major hub or a focus destination for several Indian carriers including Air India, Air India Regional, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, GoAir and Vistara. Approximately 80 airlines serve this airport. At present there are two active scheduled passenger terminals, a dedicated Hajj terminal and a cargo terminal.
Terminal 1 is currently used by low cost carriers IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir.
Terminal 1A was built in the early 1990s to cater to Indian Airlines. It had to be refurbished after a fire gutted the interiors and DIAL significantly upgraded the terminal. It was used by Air India Regional until it moved to the new Terminal 3 on 11 November 2010. The terminal is now closed and is expected to be torn down on the completion of newer terminals.
Terminal 1C is used only for domestic arrivals. The terminal has been upgraded with a new expanded greeting area and a larger luggage reclaim area with 8 belts.
Terminal 1D is the newly built domestic departure terminal with a total floor space of 35,000 m2 and has a capacity to handle 10 million passengers per year. Terminal 1D commenced operations on 15 April 2009. It has 72 Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE) enabled check-in counters, 16 self check-in counters, and 16 security channels.
Terminal 2 was opened on 1 May 1986, at a cost of Rs. 950 million. The terminal is currently out of commission.
Designed by HOK working in consultation with Mott MacDonald, the new Terminal 3 is a two-tier building spread over an area of 20 acres, with the lower floor being the arrivals area, and the upper floor being a departures area. This terminal has 168 check-in counters, 78 aerobridges at 48 contact stands, 54 parking bays, 95 immigration counters, 15 X-ray screening areas, for less waiting times, duty-free shops, and other features.
Domestic full-service airlines operate from the Terminal 3 including Air India, the national carrier and Jet Airways moved their domestic operations to the new terminal in November 2010. The recently launched Tata & Singapore Airlines airline joint-venture Vistara also operates from Terminal 3.
Terminals 4, 5 and 6
Terminals 4, 5 and 6 will be built at a later stage, which will be triggered by growth in traffic, and once completed, all international flights will move to these three new terminals, while Terminal 3 will then solely be used for handling domestic air traffic. A new cargo handling building is also planned. According to Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), these new terminals will increase the airport's annual passenger volume capacity to 100 million.
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