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. In March 2016, IGI has been named 'Best Airport' in the 25-40M passenger category for on-time airlines, flyDEL (an interactive & user-friendly mobile app), ambiance & signage improvements, and 'strong bonding' with shareholders.
IGI is owned and operated by the GMR Group (which also owns & oprates Hyderaba Airport).
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 by:
- the Northern Access Road, Central Spine and new tunnel between Terminals T1D & T3, and
- the 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 55.6 million passengers in 2016, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- IGI Airport's aims for 95 percent of passengers at Terminal 3 to take 45 minutes between debarking & exiting the terminal.
- At Terminl 3, waiting time a customs, immigration or security check will mostly take 10 minutes only.
- In August 2016,
the Delhi High Court held that DIAL Airport is authorized to charge Rs. 150 from commercial vehicles entering the T3 arrivals area to pick up passengers - intended to discourage overcrowding, touting or nuisance.
DIAL launched in Dec. 2016 a so-called 'e-shopping platform, allowing passengers to pre-order merchandize from retail stores at domestic departures of both Terminals 1 & 3. Passengers need to register at shopflydel.in with name, e-mail address & movile number, and will then be able to pay for their chosen items 30 days up to 12 hours prior to flight departure.
- CITY CHECK-IN: Air India passengers
may now check in for both its domestic & international flights at the New Delhi Metro Station's 'Airport Express line' and getting their boarding pass. It also provides flight information, excess baggage handling and new ticketing counters. While check-in counters remain open 4am-11:30pm, the flight check-in facilities close two hours prior to each scheduled departure flight.
- Rs 500 & Rs 1,000 currency notes are no longer accepted for payment at the Airport!
Hotels & resting facilities on and close to Airport ground:
- At Terminal 3:
- Snooze cabins are available at the international departure pier,
opposite of boarding gate 17.
- New Delhi Transit Hotel
at level 5 is divided into International & Domestic Wings. However, both international & domestic arrivals transfering through T3 to their connecting flight may only access the Domestic Wing. Rooms include high-speed WiFi & LCD TV. Aqua Pods privide privateshower rooms, while the lobby level of both wings offer the 'T Lounge' with an all-day menu. Other amenities include a fitness center, spa, and 'E Point' with internet, computer & printer. For reservations open email@example.com or call +91-11-45252000.
- Close to all Terminals:
The100-room Eaton Smart transit hotel.
- At Hospitality District:
five-star hotels Radisson & Centaur; and lower-priced 'Ibis Hotel', to open soon.
- Within 3km from Terminal 3
, there are 11 new hotels with varied pricing & amenities available .
For resevations for the Plaza Premium Lounge open: http://www.newdelhiairport.in/plaza-premium-lounge.aspx
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. (For detailed information turn to 'Terminl Maps' at this site.)
Present and future Airport developments:
As to earlier airport request to low-cost airlines IndiGo, SpiceJet & GoAir to shift some of their operations from T1D to T2 - discussions are still ongoing.
- Terminal 1 currently exceeds its capacity; therefore on or before late June 2017 the Management will decide whether to shift airlines to T2 or build a new T4.
- As of April 20, 2017, new Terminal 2 construction has beeen completed, but operations have not yet begun.
- Currently, it is planned that by 2020 the number of aircraft movements will be increased to over 95 per hour - a 40 percent increase over the current 67 aircraft movements, and bringing passenger capacity from current 60M to 90 million. In the coming months technical analysis will be undertaken.
- Airport capacity (currently 60M passenges annually) will be raised to 90M within three years.
- Within the next 4 - 8 years a second airport is planned, 'once Delhi Airport will run out of capacity'.