Delhi Airport Terminal 1 expansion to be completed by the year-end

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Delhi’s IGI Airport Terminal 1 expansion should be completed by the end of this year, according to DIAL CEO Videh Kumar Jaipuriar.

The Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi is undergoing a massive refurbishment in order to lessen passenger and flight congestion and get ready for a potential increase in demand for air travel. One of the major projects for the Delhi Airport development is the present renovation of Terminal T1.

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According to DIAL CEO Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, the project will be completed by the end of 2023 or the beginning of 2024.

The extensive renovation and expansion would increase the size of Delhi’s Terminal 1 from 60,000 square metres to 169,000 square metres and create a fully integrated terminal with arrivals and departures under one roof. The terminal’s capacity will increase from 20 million to 40 million passengers once it is finished. Most domestic flights operated by low-cost airlines will use the new T1. 

Features of the new terminal are as follows:

  1. A larger Terminal 1 will be created by combining Terminals 1D and 1C.
  1. The integrated Terminal 1 will house both the departure and the arrival under one roof.
  1. The current 60,000 square metres of Terminal 1 will expand to 169,000 square metres.
  1. It will have 13 entry gates instead of the current 8 entry gates.
  1. There will be an increase in the number of baggage carousels from 4 to 9.
  1. Arrival baggage belts will grow in size and quantity.
  1. The new T1 will have ten belts of 70 metres each, replacing the previous model’s eight belts of 52 metres each.
  1. A ‘Smart Apron’ will be expanded increasing the number of aircraft parking stands to rise from 55 to 82.
  1. A brand-new retail area for shopping and dining will be included in the rebuilt T1. 
  1. The updated 8,000 square metre Arrival area, which provides travellers with modern amenities including a meet and greets gallery, VIP lounge, a roomy baggage claim area, and a food court, is one of the project’s elements that has already begun to take shape.

The project is now in Phase 3A, at which time Terminals 1C and 1D will merge into Terminal 1 and construction on the Eastern Elevated Cross Taxiway (ECT), which consists of two 2.1 km long and 203-metre wide ECTs, will come to an end.

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During Phase 3B of the project, a fourth runway (11R-29L), which will be about 4,400 metres long and 75 metres wide, will be constructed

With the new taxiways, aircraft movements at DEL will move much more quickly and the landing taxiing distance will drop from 9 km to 2 km.

A fourth runway (11R-29L), which will be a record for the country, will be built during Phase 3B of the project, which is being directed by Larsen & Toubro (L&T), will be created. It will be around 4,400 metres long and 75 metres wide.

Also read: Delhi Airport’s fourth runway to be ready by early 2023

“The new layout will facilitate improved air traffic flow and enhance airside safety. The creation of new contact stands will also lead to a reduction in the Ground Support Equipment required. This will ensure faster aircraft turnaround time and improve safety in the apron area, resulting in improved operational efficiency on the airside.”


The bulk of Indian low-cost carriers, including IndiGo, the largest carrier in the nation, would establish themselves in the new T1 for domestic operations, claims DIAL CEO Jaipuriar. In fact, IndiGo is said to be interested in establishing a dedicated terminal, thus it’s possible that all of its domestic and international flights will originate from the new terminal in 2024. 

The majority of low-cost airlines operating in India, including IndiGo, the biggest airline in the country, would commence domestic operations in the new T1

The ambitious future plans for Delhi International Airport include handling up to 100 million people a year. The heavy congestion last month demonstrated that the airport is not without issues, but a redesigned Terminal 1 will surely improve the passenger experience.

Source: Times Now