New Delhi Airport Authorities
Formerly managed by the "Indian Air Force", the management of the New Delhi airport was later handed over to the "Airport Authority of India". May 2006 witnessed the transfer of the airport authority to the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL).
New Delhi Airport - History
The New Delhi Airport was previously called the Palam Airport and functioned as Indian Air Force's, "Air Force Station". In the 70s due to increasing air traffic, another terminal with 4 times the capacity of the terminal at the old Palam. The airport was named as the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport on 2 May 1986 after the inauguration of the international terminal (Terminal 2).
New Delhi Airport Terminals
More than 50 airlines like Air India, Indian Airlines, IndiGo, JetLite, Air India Regional, SpiceJet, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, GoAir etc fly from the International Terminal (Terminal II) all across the globe. The airport is replete with 6 operational terminals:
Terminal 1 - Domestic
Terminal 1A is meant for all the domestic flights by MDLR Airlines, Indian Airlines, GoAir and Air India Regional.
Terminal 1B was closed down after Terminal 1D was opened in April 2009.
At the Terminal 1C the domestic operations (airlines from terminals 1A and 1D) turn up.
Terminal 1D is the new temporary domestic terminal which was introduced on 26th of February, 2009. All the domestic flights were then moved to this terminal since April, 2009. The completion of the new Terminal 3 will make this terminal cater to only the low priced carriers. Terminal 1D has replete with the capacity for 10 million passengers every year. Commenced on 15 April 2009, the terminal is presently being used by Jet Airways, JetLite, IndiGo, Kingfisher Airlines and SpiceJet.
Terminal 2 - International
This terminal is meant for international operations.
Terminal 3 of the New Delhi Airport is the 8th largest passenger terminal in the world. With a capacity of handling 34 million passengers per year, the terminal is outfitted with 168 check-in counters, 48 contact stands, 78 aerobridges, 30 parking bays, 15 X-ray screening areas, 72 immigration counters, duty-free shops etc. This terminal is expected to greatly facilitate the flow of passengers during the commonwealth games in 2010, New Delhi.
Terminal 4 and 5
On the completion of the Terminal 4 and 5, the international flights will shift to these terminals and the Terminal 3 will handle only domestic air traffic.
During the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj, the airlines catering to the Middle East moves to this terminal for the prevention of disruption to those who are traveling in other parts of the world. used in the months of October to December, the terminal has a capacity has a capacity of 10 million passengers every year It is used from October to December.
This terminal handles cargo operations.
Facilities at the New Delhi Airport
- Business and VIp facilities
- Business Lounges
- Baggage Services
- Recreation Facilities
- Places to Shop and Eat
- Variety of Eateries
- Duty Free Shopping
- Terminal Transfers
- Play area and rooms for the babies and kids
- complementary strollers