New Delhi Indira Gandhi (DEL) Airport

New Delhi Indira Gandhi DEL Airport Overview

New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport DEL 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 in the world in the 25-40 million passengers category, while The World Airport Award named it the 'most improved airfield'. 

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 35 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.

Note: 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. Fog-related flight diversions at the Airport are to be reduced dramatically by October 2014, as DEL is  implementing measures suggested by various related agencies.  This also includes a plan on dealing with stranded passengers resulting from flight diversions. 

Gandhi Airport's aim at Terminal 3 is that at 95 percent of passengers will debark and exit the terminal within 45 minutes!

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 main passenger terminals  - domestic Terminal 1 and international Terminal 3.

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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