Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is soon to get a dedicated terminal for private jets and charter flights. The terminal, which is now commissioned for development, is expected to be operational by January 2020. The jet terminal is a part of the Phase III expansion project that is currently on progress at the airport.The Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), led by GMR Group, and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) are the bodies responsible for the development of terminals at IGIA. According to a report by IANS, a senior DIAL official has confirmed the work of Delhi Airport private jet terminal. The report quoted that the works are fast progressing, and it primarily involves the development of new aviation facilities such as aircraft parking stands, hangar, and a Fixed Based Operator (FBO) facility. According to the report, the work of the aircraft parking stands is nearing completion, and the authorities will open them for approval by early 2020. FBO facilities aid in providing designated terminals for private jets and charter flights.
Phase III Expansion Will Enhance the Passenger Handling Capacity of Delhi airport
Phase III expansion project valued at Rs 9,800 crores is expected to enhance the capacity of Delhi airport in the next three years. On completion, the Delhi airport will be equipped to handle 100 million passengers per annum. Besides, the expansion project will make IGIA the only airport to have four runways in India. The dual elevated eastern cross taxiways are another improvement to be made under this project.
New Infrastructure in Addition to Delhi Airport Private Jet Terminal
Furthermore, the new integrated Terminal I will be able to manage 40 million passenger capacity. The integrated terminal will have provisions for the facial recognition system and aerobridges. The plan also includes integrating an ‘‘automated people mover’’ at the airport complex. The mover will make it easier for the passengers to catch the connecting flights at different terminals. The authorities will also build a flyover at Aerocity metro station junction to reduce the travel time from the airport’s Terminal I to III. All projects are expected to be completed by June 2022.