Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in Delhi began operations on Thursday with the arrival of domestic air passengers at its newly built state-of-the-art arrival terminal at T1.
Terminal 1 Arrivals at Delhi Airport was developed as part of the airport’s continuing phase 3A extension project, which is a large-scale development and modernization plan for Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.
The first flight to arrive at the new terminal was IndiGo flight 6E 6532 from Goa at 03:20 am on Thursday. The entire arrivals operations of T1 (IndiGo and SpiceJet) will now shift from the existing facility to the new one.
Departure operations will continue from the existing terminal, and will eventually be integrated with the new arrivals hall, post completion of the expansion works.
We are ready to welcome you with a new and enhanced arrival experience, w.e.f 24th Feb 0001 hrs, few designated domestic @flyspicejet & @IndiGo6E flights will arrive at Terminal-1, New Arrival Building. #DelhiAirport #Terminal1 pic.twitter.com/ySr0qXfJMg— Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) February 23, 2022
Delhi Airport’s New Arrival Terminal At T1
According to the official release, the new arrival terminal will provide travelers with a unique experience by featuring a modern meet and greet zone, a plush forecourt area with landscaping, food, and beverage (F&B) kiosks, shopping, and an increased parking area for cars.
It has also been revealed that the pickup lanes outside the arrival terminal on the city side have been straightened and enlarged with three more lanes, bringing the total number of lanes to 11.
Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO of Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), said;
“The new terminal has been developed by DIAL, a GMR Infrastructure Ltd led consortium, in line with its commitment to enhancing passenger experience with safe, secure and sustainable infrastructural facilities.”
In line with DIAL’s green initiatives, the new Arrival Terminal has been built as a green building, keeping globally renowned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building standards in mind.
As part of it, DIAL has used the daylighting concept in the terminal building, which will reduce electricity consumption. In addition, lighting fixtures and equipment like HVAC and baggage belts are energy efficient and thus consume less power, stated Jaipuriar.