Delhi Airport To Increase Annual Passenger Capacity To 100 million By 2022
The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has said that it is planning to increase its annual passenger handling capacity, from around 66 million to 100 million by 2022 and will undertake a major expansion of infrastructure, to support the increased capacity. According to an official statement released by the authority, the 'Phase 3A' infrastructure expansion, will include the construction of a fourth runway, expansion of the T1 apron area, a flyover at the Aerocity metro station to reduce travel time from T1 to T3 and development of a dual elevated Eastern Cross Taxiway. The entire expansion project would be completed by June 2022.
What Makes IGI India's Most Successful Transit Infrastructure
April 18, 2018: Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport has for the first time featured in the listing by the Airports Council International (ACI) of top 20 busiest airports across the world in terms of passenger traffic. The IGI Airport has jumped six notches to rank at the 16th position in 2017 as compared to the 22nd position in 2016. This also made it one of the fastest growing airports in the world and seventh busiest in Asia.
The ACI's World Airport Traffic Forecasts has also predicted that India will represent the third largest aviation market, in terms of passengers, after the US and China by 2020.
The success mantra
The passenger traffic at Delhi, the country's busiest airport, grew by 14.1 per cent year-over-year at 63.45 million. The IGI airport was also ranked first in Airport Service Quality for airports above 40 million passengers per annum. ACI also ranked Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai as the fastest growing airports in India.
Expansion in pipeline
In order to meet the rapid traffic growth, IGI airport will undergo expansion drive. The GMR Group-led Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), has floated the tenders for the expansion of Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 and construction of a new runway and taxiways. Roads leading to the airport will be widened and new approach roads built. The design consultant has been hired who will start the work on the project soon. The work will start at Terminal 1 and will be completed by 2021. Also, Departure Terminal T1D and arriving Terminal T1C, will be merged and expanded to accommodate 40 million passengers per annum. According to the Master Plan, the capacity of T1 will increase from 20 million to 40 million and the capacity of Terminal 3 will rise from 34 million to 45 million. The overall handling capacity will rise to 85 million passengers from the existing 70 million per year. Another brand new terminal will be built in Phase 2.
Connectivity with Metro
As Terminal 1 of IGI airport handles the low-cost carrier domestic traffic of the airport, Delhi Metro Phase 3 will connect this terminal to the catchment areas of central and south Delhi, making it quicker and easier for commuters from these localities to access terminal 1. The Magenta Line will be operational by the April-end that would connect T1 directly with Noida and South Delhi. Currently, only T3 has the direct access to the Delhi Airport metro network through airport express line. Inter-terminal connectivity through the Airport Metro between T1 and T3 is also part of the expansion plan.
Here are few other facts that contribute to its success:
*The Delhi airport scored 4.90 on a scale of 5 points measured by 300 members of the ACI Airport Service Quality benchmarking programme.
*IGI Airport hosts six domestic carriers, 56 international carriers and also has the capacity to handle the gigantic Airbus A380 aircraft.
*In 2010, IGIA was awarded as the fourth best airport in the world in the 15-25-million category and Best Improved Airport in the Asia-Pacific Region by the ACI.
*In 2015, the airport was rated as the best in the world in the 25-40 million-passengers category by ACI.
*The Delhi airport also received awards for The Best Airport in Central Asia/India and Best Airport Staff in Central Asia/India at the prestigious Skytrax World Airport Awards 2015.