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Delhi Airport to get exciting new Futuristic Makeover by June 2022

Indira Gandhi International Airport New Delhi is one of the busiest airports in the world; according to official data released by DIAL approximately 68 million passengers used the Delhi airport in the year 2018. With the UDAAN scheme already under execution and increasing no. of international and domestic flights, Delhi Airport will soon need a significant ramp-up in passenger handling capacity.

Subsequently, other facilities will have to be improved accordingly. Foreseeing the future Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) has laid out a comprehensive expansion plan targeted at increased passenger handling capacity, according to DIAL once the project is completed the Delhi Airport will handle 140 million passengers per annum.

The expansion plan under phase 3A promises to make New Delhi Airport a world-leading international transit hub equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure and passenger amenities. The program includes an extensive transformation of terminal one integrating arrival and departure gate. It will increase the total area of terminal 1 to 192,985 sqm from existing 64140sqm. Moreover, there are measures to ramp up security screening and baggage handling, and there will an extensive use of advanced technologies to increase automation in passenger handling. The all-new Terminal 1 will have an increased number of stands, to increase automation; the area will have the latest technological advancements including Visual Docking Guidance System, Fuel HydrantSystem, Ground Power Units, Pre-conditioned Air, etc.

The main objective of this development drive is to offer several passenger-friendly facilities. These facilities will be driven by the latest available technologies to ensure that there are no long ques and flow of passengers will also be highly improved. The revamp plan includes Self-Baggage Drop kiosks,Facial Recognition, Automated Tray Retrieval System (ATRS), and Common Usage Self Service.

The Airport has seen exponential growth in several flights, and the trend is likely to follow in the coming decade, keeping this in mind DIAL has decided to add one more runway and dual elevated Eastern Cross Taxiways. These developments will place Delhi Airport in a unique position making it the first airport in

India to have four operational tracks. There is a provision of a flyover that will be constructed from Aero city metro station connecting NH8 and Terminal 1 to Terminal 3. It will bring down the travel time significantly between terminals and into the city from the airport. After the expansion International transfer area of terminal 3 is also set to increase, following which the passenger transit capacity will increase to 45 million per annum from existing 34 million per annum.

According to DIAL, the total cost of the project will be 9800 Crores, and renowned engineering firms L&T will execute the entire phase 3A work. The project will undoubtedly place Indira Gandhi International

Airport as one of the best not only in India but in the whole world. Well, that’s an extra feather in the cap for Delhi and Delhiites and we can’t wait for the expensive new futuristic look for our favorite airport.

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