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Indira Gandhi International Airport
IGI Airport logo
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Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Delhi International Airport Private Limited (DIAL)
Serves Delhi/ NCR
Location Palam, Delhi, India
Hub for https://m.telegraphindia.com/states/bihar/nitish-to-join-jet-setter-crowd-soon/cid/1361923
Elevation AMSL 237 m / 777 ft
Coordinates 28°34′07″N 077°06′44″E / 28.56861°N 77.11222°E / 28.56861; 77.11222Coordinates: 28°34′07″N 077°06′44″E / 28.56861°N 77.11222°E / 28.56861; 77.11222
Website www.newdelhiairport.in
Map
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Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,813 9,229 Asphalt
10/28 3,810 12,500 Asphalt
11/29 4,430 14,534 Asphalt
Statistics (April 2017 – March 2018)
Passengers 65,691,662
Aircraft movements 441,299
Cargo tonnage 963,032
Source: AAI[1][2][3]

Indira Gandhi International Airport (IATA: DEL, ICAO: VIDP) serves as the primary civilian aviation hub for the National Capital Region of Delhi, India. The airport, spread over an area of 5,106 acres (2,066 ha),[4] is situated in Palam, 15 km (9.3 mi) south-west of the New Delhi railway station and 16 km (9.9 mi) from New Delhi city centre.[5][6] Named after Indira Gandhi, a former Prime Minister of India, it is the busiest airport in India in terms of passenger traffic since 2009.[7] It is also the busiest airport in the country in terms of cargo traffic, overtaking Mumbai during late 2015. The Delhi–Mumbai air route is the third most-travelled passenger air route in the world.[8] In calendar year 2017, it was the 16th busiest airport in the world and 7th busiest airport in Asia by passenger traffic handling over 63.4 million passengers.[9] The airport handled over 65.7 million passengers in fiscal year 2017–18.[1] It is the world's busiest airport for Airbus A320 aircraft.[10] The planned expansion program will increase the airport's capacity to handle 100 million passengers by 2030.[11]

The airport was operated by the Indian Air Force before its management was transferred to the Airports Authority of India.[12] In May 2006, the management of the airport was passed over to Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), a consortium led by the GMR Group.[13] In September 2008, the airport inaugurated a 4,430 m (14,530 ft) runway. With the commencement of operations at Terminal 3 in 2010, it became India's and South Asia's largest aviation hub. The Terminal 3 building has a capacity to handle 34 million passengers annually and is the world's 8th largest passenger terminal.[6] The airport uses an advanced system called Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) to help keep takeoffs and landings timely and predictable.[14]

In 2010, IGIA was conferred the fourth best airport award in the world in the 15–25 million category, and Best Improved Airport in the Asia-Pacific Region by Airports Council International.[15] The airport was rated as the Best airport in the world in the 25–40 million passengers category in 2015, by Airports Council International.[16][17] Delhi Airport was awarded The Best Airport in Central Asia and Best Airport Staff in Central Asia at the Skytrax World Airport Awards 2015.[18] IGI also stood first in the new rankings for 2015 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards conducted by Airports Council International.[19] The airport, along with Mumbai Airport was adjudged "World's Best Airport" at Airport Service Quality Awards 2017 in the highest category of airports handling more than 40 million passengers annually.[20]

History[edit]

Safdarjung Airport was built in 1930 and was the main airport for Delhi until 1962.[4] Due to increasing passenger traffic at Safdarjung, civilian operations were moved to Palam Airport (later renamed to IGIA) in 1962.[4] Palam Airport had been built during World War II as RAF Station Palam and after the British left, it served as an Air Force Station for the Indian Air Force. Palam Airport had a peak capacity of around 1,300 passengers per hour.[4] Owing to an increase in air traffic in the 1970s, an additional terminal with nearly four times the area of the old Palam terminal was constructed. With the inauguration of a new international terminal (Terminal 2), on 2 May 1986, the airport was renamed as Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA).[4]

On 31 January 2006, the aviation minister Praful Patel announced that the empowered Group of Ministers have agreed to sell the management-rights of Delhi Airport to the DIAL consortium and the Mumbai airport to the GVK Group.[21] On 2 May 2006, the management of Delhi and Mumbai airports were handed over to the private consortia.[22] Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) is a consortium of the GMR Group (54%), Fraport (10%) and Malaysia Airports (10%),[23] and the Airports Authority of India retains a 26% stake.[24]

Nine years later, in May 2015, Malaysia Airports chose to exit from DIAL venture and sold its entire 10% stake to majority share holder GMR Infra for $79 million. Following this GMR Group's stake at DIAL increased to 64%.[25] Earlier GMR indicated that it was interested in buying out the 10% stake of Fraport.[26]

The old domestic airport (Palam) is known as Terminal 1 and handles domestic flights for all budget airlines. The terminal is divided into three separate buildings – 1A (dedicated terminal for state-run Air India, no longer used), 1B (used by all private commercial airlines, now closed and demolished), the Domestic Arrival Terminal 1C and the newly constructed departure terminal 1D, now used by all domestic low-cost airlines (GoAir, IndiGo, SpiceJet). There is also a separate Technical Area for VVIP passengers.

Significant growth in Indian aviation industry led to a major increase in passenger traffic. The capacity of Terminal 1 was estimated to be 7.15 million passengers per annum (mppa). Actual throughput for 2005/06 was an estimated 10.4 million passengers. Including the now-closed international terminal (Terminal 2), the airport had a total capacity of 12.5 million passengers per year, whereas the total passenger traffic in 2006/07 was 16.5 million passengers per year.[27] In 2008, total passenger count at the airport reached 23.97 million. In order to ease the traffic congestion on the existing terminals, a much larger Terminal 3 was constructed and inaugurated on 3 July 2010.[28] The new terminal's construction took 37 months for completion and this terminal increased airport's total passenger capacity by 34 million.[28] Except the three budget airlines handled by Terminal 1, all other airlines operate their flights from Terminal 3.

Runways[edit]

Interior of the Domestic Terminal
Runways at IGI Airport
Runway Number Length Width Approach Lights/ILS[6]
29/11 4,430 m (14,530 ft) 60 m (200 ft) CAT III-B / CAT III-B
28/10 3,810 m (12,500 ft) 46 m (151 ft) CAT III-B / CAT I
27/09 2,813 m (9,229 ft) 45 m (148 ft) CAT I / CAT I

Delhi Airport has three near-parallel runways: runway 11/29, 4,430 m × 60 m (14,530 ft × 200 ft) with CAT IIIB instrument landing system (ILS) on both sides, runway 10/28, 3,810 m × 46 m (12,500 ft × 151 ft), and runway 09/27, 2,813 m × 45 m (9,229 ft × 148 ft). In addition to Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow and Jaipur Airport in Jaipur, Delhi Airport is the only airports in India to have been equipped with the CAT III-B ILS.[29] In the winter of 2005, there were a record number of disruptions at Delhi airport due to fog/smog. Since then some domestic airlines have trained their pilots to operate under CAT-II conditions of a minimum 350 m (1,150 ft) visibility. On 31 March 2006, IGI became the first Indian airport to operate two runways simultaneously following a test run involving a SpiceJet plane landing on runway 28 and a Jet Airways plane taking off from runway 27 at the same time.

The initially proposed mode involving simultaneous takeoffs in westerly flow to increase handling traffic capacity caused several near misses over the west side of the airport where the centrelines of runways 10/28 and 9/27 intersect.[30] The runway use was changed to segregate dependent mode on 25 December 2007, which was a few days after the deciding near miss involving an Airbus A330-200 of Qatar Airways and an Indigo A320 aircraft. The new method involved use of runway 28 for all departures and runway 27 for all arrivals. This mode which was more streamlined was adopted during day hours (0600 - 2300 IST) till 24 September 2008.

On 21 August 2008, the airport inaugurated its 3rd runway 11/29 costing 10 billion[31] and 4,430 m (14,534 ft) long. The runway has one of the world's longest paved threshold displacements of 1,460 m (4,790 ft). This, in turn decreases the available landing length on runway 29 to 2,970 m (9,744 ft). The purpose of this large threshold displacement is to reduce noise generated by landing aircraft over nearby localities. The runway increases the airport's capacity to handle up to 100 flights from the previous 45–60 flights per hour. The new runway was opened for commercial operations on 25 September 2008 and gradually began full round-the-clock operations by the end of October the same year.[32]

Since mid 2012 all three runways are operated simultaneously to handle traffic during day hours.[33] Only runways 11/29 and 10/28 are operated during night (2300–0600 IST) hours with single runway landing restriction during westerly traffic flow that is rotated late night (0300 IST) and reversed weekly to distribute and mitigate night time landing noise over nearby residential areas.[34]

To cater for the demand of increasing air traffic, the master plan for the construction of a fourth parallel runway next to the existing runway 11/29 has been cleared.[35]

Terminals[edit]

Terminal 1D at Indira Gandhi International Airport

IGI Airport serves as a major hub or a focus destination for several Indian carriers including Air India, Air India Regional, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, GoAir and Vistara. 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[edit]

Terminal 1 is currently used by low cost carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet. DIAL is working to expand Terminal 1 and enhance its annual passenger handling capacity from the current 18 million to 30 million within four years by year 2022.[36]

Terminal 1A

Terminal 1A was built in the late 1980s to cater to Indian Airlines. It had to be refurbished after a fire gutted the interiors and DIAL significantly upgraded the terminal. It was used by Air India for its airbus operations until it shifted to the new Terminal 3 on 11 November 2010.[37] The terminal is now closed and is expected to be torn down on the completion of newer terminals.

Terminal 1C
Interior of the Domestic Terminal

Terminal 1C is used only for domestic arrivals. The terminal has been upgraded with a new expanded greeting area and a larger luggage reclaim area with 8 belts.

Terminal 1D

Terminal 1D is the newly built domestic departure terminal with a total floor space of 53,000 m2 (570,000 sq ft) and has a capacity to handle 15 million passengers per year.[38] Terminal 1D commenced operations on 19 April 2009.[39] It has 72 Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE) enabled check-in counters, 16 self check-in counters, and 16 security channels.[39]

Terminal 2[edit]

Terminal 2 was opened on 1 May 1986, at a cost of 950 million[4] and was used for International flights until July 2010 when operations shifted to T3. After this, the terminal remained operational for only three months per year catering to Haj flights.[40] In 2017, after revamping terminal 2 at a cost of 1 billion,[40] DIAL shifted operations of GoAir to the terminal from 29 October in order to continue expansion work of T1.[41][42]Now,Go Air along with SpiceJet and Indigo operates its daily flights from this terminal.

Terminal 3[edit]

Statue of The Sun God at Terminal 3
Sculpture depicting the Surya Namaskara asanas in Terminal 3
Sculpture of hasta mudras or hand gestures at Terminal 3

Designed by HOK working in consultation with Mott MacDonald,[43] the new Terminal 3 is a two-tier building spread over an area of 20 acres (8.1 ha), with the lower floor being the arrivals area, and the upper floor being a departures area. This terminal has 168 check-in counters, 78 aerobridges at 48 contact stands, 54 parking bays, 95 immigration counters, 15 X-ray screening areas, for less waiting times, duty-free shops, and other features.[44][45] This new terminal was timed to be completed for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which was held in Delhi and is connected to Delhi by an eight-lane Delhi Gurgaon Expressway and the Delhi Metro. The terminal was officially inaugurated on 3 July 2010. All international airlines shifted their operations to the new terminal in late July 2010 and all full service domestic carriers in November 2010. The arrival area is equipped with 14 baggage carousels. T3 has India's first automated parking management and guidance system in a multi level car park, which comprises 7 levels and a capacity of 4,300 cars. Terminal 3 forms the first phase of the airport expansion which tentatively includes the construction of additional passenger & cargo terminals (Terminal 4, 5 & 6).[46]

Domestic full-service airlines operate from Terminal 3 including Air India, the national carrier and Jet Airways, who moved their domestic operations to the new terminal in November 2010. The Tata & Singapore Airlines airline joint-venture Vistara also operates from Terminal 3.[47] AirAsia India, although a low cost airline, also operates its domestic flights from this terminal.

WorldMark is an upcoming mixed-use project in the Aerocity hospitality district near Terminal 3.

Terminals 4, 5 and 6[edit]

Terminals 4, 5 and 6 will be built at a later stage, which will be triggered by growth in traffic, and once completed, all international flights will move to these three new terminals, while Terminal 3 will then solely be used for handling domestic air traffic. A new cargo handling building is also planned. According to Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), these new terminals will increase the airport's annual passenger volume capacity to 100 million.[46]

DIAL submitted a plan in 2016 to the then aviation secretary R N Choubey regarding expansion of airport with a new fourth runway and Terminal 4 in a phased manner.[36] The Master Plan of Airport in 2016 was then reviewed and updated by DIAL in consultation with the Airports Authority of India.[48] The terminal construction will start after completion on fourth runway and expansion of terminal 1 and 3.[36]

Cargo[edit]

The air cargo complex is located at a distance of 1 km (0.62 mi) from T3. It consists of separate brownfield and greenfield cargo terminals.[49] The cargo operations at the brownfield terminal are managed by Celebi Delhi Cargo Management India Pvt. Ltd., which is a joint venture between Delhi International Airport Private Ltd (DIAL) and the Turkish company Celebi Ground Handling (CGH).[50] CGH was awarded the contract to develop, modernize, and finance the existing cargo terminal and to operate the terminal for a period of twenty-five years by DIAL in November 2009.[51] It started it's operations in June 2010.[51] In addition to the existing terminal, a new greenfield terminal is being developed in phases by Delhi Cargo Service Centre (DCSC), also a joint venture between DIAL and Cargo Service Center (CSC).[51] The Greenfield cargo terminal project consists of two terminals built over a plot of 48,000 square metres and 28,500 square metres respectively. Phase-1A of the project has been completed and is fully operational.[49] Once the entire project is completed, these two new terminals will have an annual handling capacity of 1.25 million tonnes.[51] The cargo operations of the airport received "e-Asia 2007" award in 2007 for "Implementation of e- Commerce / Electronic Data Interchange in Air Cargo Sector".[52]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air Arabia Sharjah
Air Astana Almaty, Astana
Air Canada Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Air China Beijing–Capital
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air India Agra, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Bagdogra, Bahrain, Bangalore, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Birmingham, Chandigarh, Chennai, Chicago–O'Hare, Copenhagen, Coimbatore, Colombo, Dammam, Dubai–International, Durgapur,[53] Frankfurt, Gaya, Goa, Guwahati, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Imphal, Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Jeddah, Jodhpur, Kabul, Kathmandu, Khajuraho, Kochi, Kolkata, Leh, London–Heathrow, Lucknow, Madrid, Malé, Melbourne, Milan–Malpensa, Mumbai, Muscat, Nagpur, New York–JFK, Newark, Osaka–Kansai, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Patna, Port Blair, Pune, Raipur, Rajkot, Ranchi, Riyadh, Rome–Fiumicino, San Francisco, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Singapore, Srinagar, Stockholm–Arlanda, Surat, Sydney, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion,[54] Thiruvananthapuram, Tirupati, Tokyo–Narita, Udaipur, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vienna, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Washington–Dulles, Yangon
Air India Express Abu Dhabi, Coimbatore, Dubai–International, Madurai
Air Italy Milan–Malpensa (begins 29 October 2018)[55]
Air Manas Bishkek
Air Mauritius Mauritius
Air Odisha Gwalior, Kanpur[56]
AirAsia India Bagdogra, Bangalore, Goa, Guwahati, Imphal,[57] Kolkata, Pune, Ranchi, Srinagar
AirAsia X Kuala Lumpur–International
Alitalia Rome–Fiumicino
Alliance Air Allahabad, Bathinda, Bikaner, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Dharamshala, Gorakhpur, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jammu, Kullu, Ludhiana, Pantnagar, Pathankot, Shimla
All Nippon Airways Tokyo–Narita
Ariana Afghan Airlines Kabul, Kandahar
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon
Bhutan Airlines Kathmandu, Paro
British Airways London–Heathrow
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong
China Airlines Taipei–Taoyuan
China Eastern Airlines Beijing–Capital, Shanghai–Pudong
China Southern Airlines Guangzhou, Sanya
Druk Air Kathmandu, Paro
Emirates Dubai–International
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Finnair Helsinki
Flydubai Dubai–International
GoAir Ahmedabad, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jammu, Kochi, Kolkata, Leh, Lucknow, Malé (begins 17 October 2018),[58] Mumbai, Patna, Phuket (begins 11 October 2018),[58] Port Blair, Pune, Ranchi, Srinagar
Gulf Air Bahrain
IndiGo Agartala, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Doha, Dubai–International, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Imphal (begins 28 October 2018),[59] Indore, Jaipur, Jammu, Kathmandu, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Kuala Lumpur–International, (begins 15 November 2018) [60] Lucknow, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Port Blair, Pune, Raipur, Ranchi, Srinagar, Surat,[61] Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada (begins 1 October 2018),[59] Visakhapatnam
Iraqi Airways Baghdad, Basra
Japan Airlines Tokyo–Narita
Jet Airways Abu Dhabi, Ahmedabad, Aizawl, Amritsar, Amsterdam, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Bhopal, Bhuj, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Dammam, Dhaka, Dehradun, Doha, Dubai–International, Guwahati, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Imphal, Indore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jorhat, Kathmandu, Khajuraho, Kochi, Kolkata, Leh, London–Heathrow, Lucknow, Madurai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Muscat, Nagpur, Nashik,[62] Patna, Pune, Raipur, Riyadh,[63] Singapore, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirappalli, Toronto–Pearson, Udaipur, Vadodara (begins 10 October 2018),[62] Varanasi, Visakhapatnam[62]
Kam Air Herat, Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif
KLM Amsterdam
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon
Kuwait Airways Kuwait
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Mahan Air Mashhad, Tehran–Imam Khomeini
Malaysia Airlines Kuala Lumpur–International
Malindo Air Kuala Lumpur–International
Meraj Airlines Charter: Tehran–Imam Khomeini
Nepal Airlines Kathmandu
Oman Air Muscat
Pakistan International Airlines Lahore
Qatar Airways Doha
Saudia Jeddah, Riyadh
Hajj: Medina
Singapore Airlines Singapore
Shandong Airlines Jinan, Kunming, Qingdao
SpiceJet Adampur, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Chandigarh, Chennai, Dehradun, Dharamshala, Coimbatore (begins 8 October 2018),[64] Dubai–International, Goa, Gorakhpur, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Jaisalmer (resumes 8 October 2018),[64] Jammu, Kabul, Kanpur,[65] Kishangarh (begins 8 October 2018),[66] Kochi, Kolkata, Madurai, Mumbai, Patna, Port Blair, Pune, Shirdi (begins 1 October 2018),[64] Srinagar, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Udaipur, Varanasi
SriLankan Airlines Colombo
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
Tajik Air Dushanbe
Thai Airways Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Turkmenistan Airlines Ashgabat
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil[67]
United Airlines Newark
Uzbekistan Airways Tashkent
Virgin Atlantic London–Heathrow
Vistara Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jammu, Kochi, Kolkata, Leh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Port Blair, Pune, Ranchi, Srinagar, Varanasi
WOW Air Reykjavík–Keflavík (begins 7 December 2018)[68]
Zoom Air Jabalpur, Kolkata

Cargo[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
ASL Airlines Belgium Dubai–International, Liege
Blue Dart Aviation[69] Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Goa, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Raipur, Ranchi, Patna, Thiruvananthapuram
Cathay Pacific Cargo[70][71] Bangalore, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Kolkata, London–Heathrow, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
China Airlines Cargo Luxembourg,[72] Taipei–Taoyuan[73]
DHL Aviation[74] Hong Kong, Leipzig/Halle
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo[75] Addis Ababa
Etihad Cargo[76] Abu Dhabi, Shanghai–Pudong
FedEx Express Chengdu, Dubai–International, Guangzhou, Memphis
Jet Airways Cargo
operated by Etihad Cargo
[77]
Bangalore, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Singapore
Kalitta Air[78]Hong Kong, Leipzig
Korean Air Cargo[79] Milan–Malpensa, Seoul–Incheon, Vienna
Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt, Dhaka, Guangzhou, Krasnoyarsk
MASkargo[80] Chennai,[81] Kuala Lumpur–International
Qatar Airways Cargo[82] Doha
Quikjet Airlines[83] Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai
Thai Cargo[84] Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi
Turkish Airlines Cargo[85] Hanoi, Istanbul–Atatürk
Uni-Top Airlines[86] Mumbai, Wuhan
Uzbekistan Airways Cargo[87] Navoi

Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from DEL (Jan 2018 - July 2018)[88]
Rank City Passengers Carriers
1 Mumbai 4,321,284 Air India, Alliance Air, Go Air, Indigo, Jet Airways, Jetlite, Spicejet, Vistara
2 Bangalore 2,657,005 Air Asia India, Air India, Go Air, Indigo, Jet Airways, Spicejet, Vistara
3 Kolkata 1,934,457 Air Asia India, Air India, Go Air, Indigo, Jet Airways, Spicejet, Vistara
4 Hyderabad 1,743,201 Air India, Go Air, Indigo, Jet Airways, Spicejet, Vistara
5 Pune 1,638,179 Air Asia India, Air India, Go Air, Indigo, Jet Airways, Spicejet, Vistara
6 Chennai 1,603,052 Air India, Indigo, Jet Airways, Spicejet, Vistara
7 Ahmedabad 1,380,870 Air India, Go Air, Indigo, Jet Airways, Spicejet, Vistara
8 Lucknow 1,214,707 Air India, Go Air, Indigo, Jet Airways, Vistara
9 Patna 1,077,756 Air India, Go Air, Indigo, Jet Airways, Spicejet
10 Goa 1,038,646 Air Asia India, Air India, Go Air, Indigo, Spicejet, Vistara
11 Srinagar 971,465 Air Asia India, Air India, Go Air, Indigo, Jet Airways, Spicejet, Vistara
12 Guwahati 814,512 Air Asia India, Air India, Go Air, Indigo, Jet Airways, Spicejet, Vistara
13 Kochi 698,832 Air India, Go Air, Indigo, Jet Airways, Spicejet, Vistara
14 Amritsar 694,425 Air India, Indigo, Jet Airways, Vistara
15 Bagdogra 673,906 Air Asia India, Air India, Go Air, Indigo, Jet Airways, Spicejet, Vistara
16 Bhubaneswar 644,365 Air India, Indigo, Vistara
17 Ranchi 605,832 Air Asia India, Air India, Go Air, Indigo, Vistara
18 Varanasi 591,738 Air India, Indigo, Jet Airways, Spicejet, Vistara
19 Dehradun 454,741 Air India, Indigo, Jet Airways, Spicejet
20 Jaipur 440,222 Air India, Indigo, Jet Airways, Spicejet

Top international destinations[edit]

Busiest international routes from DEL (2017)[88]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 United Arab Emirates Dubai–International 2,072,847 Air India, Air India Express, Emirates, Fly Dubai, Indigo, Jet Airways, Spicejet
2 United Kingdom London–Heathrow 1,010,439 Air India, British Airways, Jet Airways, Virgin Atlantic
3 Thailand Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi 960,205 Air India, Jet Airways, Spicejet, Thai Airways
4 Nepal Kathmandu 772,040 Air India, Bhutan Airlines, Indigo, Jet Airways, Nepal Airlines
5 Singapore Singapore 715,389 Air India, Jet Airways, Singapore Airlines
6 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi 683,813 Air India Express, Etihad Airways, Jet Airways
7 Qatar Doha 586,312 Indigo, Jet Airways, Qatar Airways
8 Hong Kong Hong Kong 577,810 Air India, Cathay Pacific, Jet Airways
9 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur–International 460,277 Air Asia X, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air
10 Germany Frankfurt 457,843 Air India, Lufthansa

Connectivity[edit]

Delhi Metro Airport Express Train
Delhi Gurgaon Expressway

Rail[edit]

The nearest railway station is Palam railway station which is 18 km from New Delhi railway station. Several passenger trains runs regularly between these stations. Shahabad Mohammadpur (SMDP) is equally close.[89][90]

Terminal 2 and 3 of the airport are served by the Delhi Airport Metro Express train line. The 22.7 km (14.1 mi) line runs from the Airport metro station located between the terminals to the New Delhi metro station railway station with trains running every 10 minutes.[91] Terminal 1 is served by Terminal 1-IGI Airport metro station of Delhi Metro's Magenta Line.[92]

Road[edit]

The airport is connected by the 8-lane Delhi Gurgaon Expressway. Air conditioned low-floor buses operated by Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) regularly run between the airport and the city. Metered taxis are also available from terminals T3 and T1C to all areas of Delhi.[93]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • In 2015, Delhi Airport bagged two awards for The Best Airport in Central Asia/India and Best Airport Staff in Central Asia/India at the prestigious Skytrax World Airport Awards.[18]
  • In 2015, Delhi Airport won the Best Airport award from the Airports Council International within 25–40 million annual passengers category.[17]
  • In 2015, it won the prestigious Golden Peacock National Quality Award given by the Institute of Directors (India).[94]
  • In 2016, The Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport has become Asia-Pacific's only and one of the world's few airports to achieve a carbon neutral status. The announcement in this regard was made by the Airports Council International (ACI) during the Airport Carbon Accreditation certificate presentation ceremony to IGI in Montreal, Canada.[95]
  • In 2017, IGI Airport won the Best Airport award from the Airports Council International along with Mumbai in the highest category of airports handling more than 40 million passengers per annum.[20]

Incidents[edit]

1970

A Royal Nepal Airlines Fokker F27-200 (9N-AAR) after a flight from Kathmandu, Nepal was caught in severe thunderstorms with turbulence and downdrafts on final approach to Palam Airport. The pilot lost control of the aircraft and crashed short of the runway. Of the five crew and 18 passengers, one crew member was killed.[96]

1972

Japan Airlines Flight 471 crashed outside of Palam Airport, killing 82 of 87 occupants; ten of eleven crew members and 72 of 76 passengers died, as did three people on the ground.[97]

1973

Indian Airlines Flight 440 crashed while on approach to Palam Airport, killing 48 of the 65 passengers and crew on board.[98][99]

1990

An Air India Boeing 747 flying on the London-Delhi-Mumbai route and carrying 215 people (195 passengers and 20 crew) touched down at Indira Gandhi International Airport after a flight from London Heathrow Airport. On application of reverse thrust, a failure of the no. 1 engine pylon to wing attachment caused this engine to tilt nose down. Hot exhaust gases caused a fire on the left wing. There were no casualties but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair and written off.[100]

1995

Indian Airlines Flight 492 (IC 492), A Boeing 737-2A8 (Registered VT-ECS), damaged beyond repair when the aircraft overshot the runway at Delhi airport due to pilots error, on its scheduled flight from Jaipur to Delhi.[101]

1996

The airport was involved in the Charkhi Dadri mid-air collision when a Saudia Boeing 747-100B, climbing out after take-off, collided with an incoming Kazakhstan Airlines Ilyushin Il-76 chartered by a fashion company, causing the deaths of all 349 people on board the two planes.[102]

2016

A major mishap was averted at Indira Gandhi International Airport when an Indigo flight 6E 769 and a Spice Jet flight SG 123 came face-to-face on the runway. However, no damage occurred as it was promptly flagged.[103] The Spice Jet flight was following ATC instructions. While taxing, the Spice Jet crew observed another aircraft in the opposite direction.[103]

2017

On 7 July a jet blast from arriving SpiceJet flight SG-253 blew out the window of an Indigo Airlines bus, causing minor injuries to five bus passengers.[104]

On 9 August Ethiopian Airlines flight ET687, loaded with 196 passengers, was in the process of being pushed back from the gate by a tow tractor when the trailing edge of its right wing collided with the left winglet of a parked Air India A320, causing both planes to be grounded.[105]

Sustainability practices[edit]

Delhi Airport is the first airport in the world to be registered under Clean Development Mechanism of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).[106][107][108] The airport has a 7.84 MW solar plant installed alongside runway 29/11. GMR targets to increase generation capacity to 20MW by 2020.[106]

The airport is a "carbon neutral" airport.[109][110]

See also[edit]

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