The wait is finally over as Delhi airport’s newly constructed state-of-the-art arrival terminal at T1 has become operational on Thursday.
Delhi Airport’s Terminal 1 Arrivals that has been built as a part of phase 3A expansion project, the large scale development and modernisation plan for Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport.
The first flight arrived at the new terminal was IndiGo flight 6E 6532 from Goa at 03:20 am on Thursday.
Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO of Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), said, “The new terminal has been developed by DIAL, a GMR Infrastructure Ltd led consortium, in line with its commitment to enhancing passenger experience with safe, secure and sustainable infrastructural facilities.”
The arrival operations of T1 (IndiGo and SpiceJet) will be shifted to the new one while the departure operations will continue from the existing terminal, and will eventually be integrated with the new arrivals hall, post completion of the expansion works, added Jaipuriar.
The new arrival terminal will offer a distinctive experience to the passengers with a contemporary meet and greet zone, plush forecourt area, including landscaping and kiosks for food and beverage (F & B), retail and expanded parking area for cars, stated the official statement.
In line with DIAL’s green initiatives, the new Arrival Terminal has been built as a green building, keeping globally renowned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building standards in mind. As part of it, DIAL has used the day-light concept in the terminal building, which will reduce electricity consumption. In addition, lighting fixtures and equipment like HVAC and baggage belts are energy efficient and thus consume less power, stated Jaipuriar.