New Delhi, Delhi 110037
Phone: 0124 337 6000
Elevation: 237 m
Indira Gandhi International Airport (IATA: DEL, ICAO: VIDP) is the primary international airport of the National Capital Region of Delhi, India, situated in Palam, 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) south-west of New Delhi. Named after Indira Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India, it is the busiest airport in India. With the commencement of operations at the new Terminal 3, Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport has become India’s and South Asia’s largest aviation hub, with a current capacity of handling more than 46 million passengers. IGIA along with Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and Chennai International Airport combinedly handles more than half of the aircraft movements in South Asia. The airport’s operator, Delhi International Airport Private Limited (DIAL), is looking to make the airport the next international transit hub.
IGI Airport is the home of several Indian airlines including Air India, Air India Regional, IndiGo, JetLite, SpiceJet, Jet Airways, GoAir use IGI Airport as their secondary hub. 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 – Domestic
Terminal 1 facilities are currently used by GoAir, IndiGo, SpiceJet and are split into two areas, Terminal 1D for departures and Terminal 1C for arrivals.
Terminal 1C is used only for domestic arrivals. The terminal has acquired a new greeting area with expanded space, and a bigger luggage reclaim area.
thumb|Terminal 3 Terminal 1D is newly built interim domestic terminal with a total floor space of 36,000 m2 (390,000 sq ft) that has the capacity to handle 12 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, 16 security channels.
Terminal 3 – Domestic and International
Official Terminal 3 Video
An aerial view of the under construction Terminal 3. Completed in 37 months, it is the eighth largest airport terminal in the world
Terminal T3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport
Opened in 2010, Terminal 3, a state-of-the-art and integrated future terminal, is the 24th largest building in the world and 8th largest passenger terminal. It occupies an area of 540,000 m2 (5,800,000 sq ft), with a capacity to handle 36 million passengers annually.
Designed by HOK working in consultation with Mott MacDonald, the new Terminal 3 is a two-tier building spread over an area of 30 acres (12 ha), with the bottom floor being the arrivals area, and the top being a departures area. This terminal has 240 check-in counters, 78 aerobridges at 65 contact stands, 54 parking bays, 96 immigration counters, 15 X-ray screening areas, for less waiting times, duty-free shops, and other features. Over 90% of passengers will use this terminal when completed. This new terminal had been completed in time for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which were held in Delhi, and will be connected to Delhi by an eight-lane motorway (National Highway 8), and the Delhi Mass Rapid Transit System. The terminal was officially inaugurated on 3 July 2010, and there were nine flights to test the operational readiness of the new terminal and its ground handling capabilities. All international airlines shifted their operations to the new terminal in late July 2010, and all full service domestic carriers mid November onwards. The arrivals is equipped with 18 baggage carousels.
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Upon the annual Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj, specified flights move to this separate terminal to prevent disruption of other passengers who are traveling to other areas of the globe. A separate area has been made for Hajj to cater to the abundance of additional travelers during this season, and to accommodate them with enough provided space. It has a 10 million passengers per year capacity. It is used approximately two months starting from second month after the Eid-ul-Fitr every year, for 2011 it was started from 28 September 2011 onwards. Plans are underway to use the building for the remaining 10 months of the year as well.