New Delhi Indira Gandhi (DEL) Airport

New Delhi Indira Gandhi DEL Airport Overview

New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport DEL - also referred to as 'IGI Airport' -is India's major Airport and serves the greater metropolitan area of New Delhi. It is one of the world's leading airports and also serves as a major transfer point to neighboring countries. In terms of passenger count, it has surpassed Mumbai Airport - mainly as a result of its new Terminal 3.  ACI has ranked the Airport as best for 2014 (in the 25-40 million passengers category,) while The World Airport Award named it the 'most improved airfield', and in March 2015 it garnered two Skytrax awards - one for 'Best Airport in Central Asia/ India region, and the other for its Staff for the same region.

The Airport is located in South-West Delhi, 16 km from central New Delhi, a mega-city in the center of northern India, and is connected to the city
(a) by the Northern Access Road, Central Spine and new tunnel between Terminals T1D & T3, and
(b) via Delhi Airport Metro Express train, a 22.7 km line running between New Delhi Station and the T3. (T3 has an 8-lane approach road and high-speed rail link to city center.)

With three very long runways and serving over estimated 39 million passengers a year, Indira Gandhi International Airport is hub to a number of airlines, including Air India, and is served by a host of domestic and international airlines, offering regular and low-cost, direct & connecting flights to all points of the globe.  Currently flight destinations to the U.S. include EWR, JFK & ORD.

1. As the Airport is still making improvements as part of its  mega-overhaul project, it is important to note that many changes have, and will happen until completion. Therefore it is wise to check with your airline as to which terminal & gate you will arrive at or depart from.
2. IGI  Airport implemented measures to address fog-related flight diversions.  It also has a plan in place on dealing with stranded passengers resulting from flight diversions. 
3. IGI Airport's aims for 95 percent of passengers at Terminal 3 to take 45 minutes between debarking & exiting the terminal. 
4. At Terminl 3, waiting time a customs, immigration or security check will mostly take 10 minutes only.

On-Airport hotels & resting facilities:  (a) Snooze cabins at Terminal 3, international departure pier, opposite boarding gate 17.
(b) A 100-room Eaton Smart transit hotel is close to the terminals.
(c) The Hospitality District has presently only five-star hotels Radisson & Centaur; but a lower-priced 'Ibis Hotel' is to open soon.
(d) Also within 3km from Terminal 3, there are 11 new hotels available with varied pricing & amenities

Indira Gandhi International Airport has two passenger terminals  - domestic T1 & new international T3.  It includes 78 boarding bridges, 168 check-in counters and 72 air carrier parking bays.

Future Airport developments:  Phase 3 of expansion is to be completed by 2016, to include a new Terminal 4 & P4 parking (dependent on traffic growth);  Phase 4 of expansion program will be ongoing until about 2021. 

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