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Indira Gandhi International Airport's new Domestic Departure Terminal 1D set to commence operations

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Indira Gandhi International Airport's new Domestic Departure Terminal 1D set to commence operations

La nueva Terminal de vuelos domésticos del Aeropuerto Internacional de Indira Gandhi está preparada para comenzar sus operaciones a partir del 19 de abril. Las aerolíneas podrán cambiar de manera progresiva sus operaciones a esta nueva Terminal.

Indira Gandhi International Airport’s brand new Domestic Departure Terminal 1D is set to commence commercial operations from 19-Apr-09. With the commissioning of T1D, airlines would be shifting their operations to the new terminal in a phased manner.

The final schedule of airlines’ transfer would be announced shortly. DIAL had earlier announced that the first phase of shifting airline operations to T1D would be carried out after 15-Apr and before 26-Apr-09

The modern terminal features several new facilities which will improve the travel experience of domestic departure passengers flying out of Delhi.

    * Terminal 1D to raise domestic departure capacity of IGIA to 10 million passengers per annum
    * Modern 4 level in-line baggage handling system to eliminate baggage X-ray prior to check in
    * 72 check-in counters and 14 security channels will ensure quick processing
    * Spacious security-hold area with extensive seating, passenger amenities like Lounges, F&B and retail.
    * Special contact zone for passengers with special needs and unaccompanied minors
    * Baggage handling area on a separate level allowing greater space for passengers

DIAL, Airlines, Ground Handlers and CISF have been involved in extensive Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) trials to familiarize them with the new features, layout and operating procedures of the new terminal. The trials are also being done to ensure that all components and processes at the terminal are checked and re-checked to ensure smooth transit for passengers when the terminal opens for them. Over 30 such trial sessions have been carried out in terminal 1D over a period of 4 months. All operations staff is being exposed to the new working environment, baggage handling and IT systems and the processes required for day to day as well as fall-back operations in T1D.

More than 11,000 trial passengers were checked-in and boarded during trial operations while the baggage handling and in-line screening system handled more than 35,000 pieces of baggage. In the last weeks before the opening of T1D, the main focus of trial operations is on simulation of system failures and implementation of contingency procedures to ensure operational readiness in dealing with unforeseen events and irregularities at any given point in time.

In addition to the transfer of airlines, the traffic routing at IGIA’s domestic terminal would also undergo a change. DIAL will also be communicating with passengers and stakeholders for information on airlines shifting to the new Terminal and the new route layout at IGI Airport’s domestic terminals through various media channels.


(c) Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation. Date posted: 15-Apr-09


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