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Old August 13th, 2010, 06:37 AM   #281
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Old August 13th, 2010, 04:39 PM   #282
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Here are my pics of T3 Arrivals. Sorry for the poor quality. I did not take as many pics as I wanted too...I will try to do many more of the departures.























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Old August 13th, 2010, 04:40 PM   #283
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Old August 15th, 2010, 11:09 PM   #284
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Old August 17th, 2010, 06:01 PM   #285
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Old August 18th, 2010, 04:43 PM   #286
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Old August 19th, 2010, 05:25 AM   #287
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Old August 19th, 2010, 05:25 AM   #288
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Old August 19th, 2010, 12:55 PM   #290
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It's wonderful to see this airport develop so positively. Last time I used it was a while ago though, in Jan 2008. Next year I'll have a look again

But, does anyone have vintage pictures of this airport? Like in the 1950s/60s?
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Old August 19th, 2010, 04:56 PM   #291
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Thanks NikNak for posting those pics from the site.
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Old August 20th, 2010, 04:41 PM   #292
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So we have finally started receiving feedbacks and views of the passengers....here's one of them

All photos are copyright of abrelosojos who has many India related trip reports to his credit

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...d.main/174148/

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Old August 20th, 2010, 05:13 PM   #293
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Business Flyer's Opinion on T3

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Since Delhi’s T3 is the focus of this report, I will spend more words than is customary.

Having been to Delhi several times, I continue to be amazed at the continued transformation of the city. It is undoubtedly one of my favorite places in the world and I must give credit to the strong woman who has been running the city for the past few years. Infrastructure has improved by leaps and bounds, and it is evident in the 8/10 lane approach road to the airport’s “swanky” new terminal. Seriously, Indians would need to tell me what’s up with the overuse of this word!

Sri Lankan Airlines uses gate 6 at terminal 3 at IGIA – and, the first impression you get is nostalgic missing the chaos of terminals 2A and 2B. You also wonder how the airport could be so massive … as the main entry building appears rather small. However, looks are deceiving as I soon found out. The check-in area is huge and befitting Delhi’s new position as one of the world’s major airports. Call me a tad nostalgic – but I found it a tad sterile (yes, in India!). I did like the traditional Indian motifs at each of the check-in counters though. Very cool!

A sweet agent asked me if I was flying JCL and welcomed me to the carpeted counter. As with all giggling Indians, she asked me “where I was from?” Aaw. Anyways, check-in was smooth and the agent was pleasant and nice, and asked me how I like the new terminal. She was efficient as well, and I soon had my boarding pass. It was HILARIOUS to see a young Spanish couple try to upgrade their flight by saying such nonsense as how their “travel agent had told them that the booking letter indicated Business Class” and all that. The woman would then tell the husband, “*oder, grow some **lls”. It is great to speak several languages . I wonder how this marriage would shape up … all I know is that the smarter Indians did not fall for it.

As I was walking away, the UL manager came and asked me if I was satisfied with the check-in process. Now, in all my travels, this has never happened before! He then called to one of his ground staffers to escort me past immigration and security to the lounge. Not bad! Anyways, she escorted me through a very smooth immigration process (special queues for premium passengers) and then a fast security. Again, old-timers would miss the absolute chaos of T2A/T2B. Both the processes took less than 5 minutes combined.

Anyways, adopting the BAA approach (oh, how I hate BAA for this), the concept at T3 is to have passengers spend time at the entire gamut of F&B and shopping options before heading to the gate area. Apparently, it increases consumer spend (is my consulting side showing?), and has worked around the world. Retailers like it as well because EVERY passenger MUST go through this before walking to their respective gates.

Now, here is my first observation … while there are tremendous shopping options, compared to the rest of the airport, I actually found it to be on the smaller side. Ok, small is relative here of course … it is bigger than most airports … but the offerings lacked the depth that I enjoy at Changi or BKK. However, better than most airports in the world. Ground floor is full of retail and bars; the first level has the lounges and the eating options; and there is a supposed hotel in the second floor.

Another observation is with the lounge facility … the Plaza Premium Lounge used by UL is nice, and has an amazing buffet spread, computer terminals, WiFi, newspapers, etc. … but it is small. Also, lounges are meant to be intimate. However, the open seating was a little too open for my taste. The ITC Green lounge was also guilty of the same. Also, the lack of showers at either of the lounge facility was a big “boo boo”. Apparently, there are “shower and go” facilities at arrivals, and at the airport hotel, but none at the lounges thus far. WHY? There is an additional “One World” lounge opening soon, and a flagship Air India lounge … hope, either of them would have the vision to have shower facilities!

Ok, so after checking out the extensive array of extremely over priced items, I made it to the departure area. Now, this is where the sheer size of terminal 3 overwhelms. The thing really is M-A-S-S-I-V-E. While it may be “only” the world’s 5th largest terminal, the sleek design makes it feel like the largest. As soon as you enter the departure area, you are greeted by long moving walkways which truly leaves you in awe of what GMR accomplished in building the airport in record time. As you walk from one side to the other, it suddenly hits you that you have only been able to one half of the terminal! The other domestic half is somewhere completely separate. Couple of words of advice – do stay at the F&B/Retail area. While I might not like this BAA inspired philosophy, Delhi airport management is smart … once you leave this area, there are only a handful of shops and cafés … and the one way moving walkways mean that going back is an EXTREMELY long walk. Instead of rambling any further, I will let the pictures tell the story.

Boarding was called 30 minutes prior to departure, and I was greeted by friendly cabin crew who directed me to my seat and offered help with the bags. J load was 85%, and Y load was 100%.
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 06:42 PM   #294
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Old August 23rd, 2010, 05:00 PM   #295
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lots of great pics in here. thanks.

can someone please post some key stats on the terminal? i.e. capacity, number of check-in counters, number of aero-bridges, First and Business Class lounges, etc etc.

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Old August 23rd, 2010, 06:55 PM   #296
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Always check the 1st page for Information related to the project.
Here's the Info:
Post Updated on August 9 2010

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In July 2010, the new integrated Terminal 3 of Delhi's IGI Airport was thrown open for passengers to use. It was built as a result of the booming air traffic growth in the Indian aviation.

The new Terminal 3 which occupies 5.4 million sq ft has been designed by HOK and is capable of handling 34 million passengers/annum. The interior designers of this new terminal are the Australian designers Woodhead. Construction of this terminal was carried out by Larsen & Toubro and completed in just 37 months.

The terminal has 168 check-in counters, 78 aerobridges at 48 contact stands (gates), 30 parking bays, 95 immigration counters and 15 X-ray screening areas.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 03:35 PM   #297
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ah sorry, of course.

Thanks for this.
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Old August 25th, 2010, 07:29 PM   #298
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It looks now really great! Comparing when I landed 3 years ago in ND it was really ........ .
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Old August 27th, 2010, 05:29 PM   #299
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Sleek lookin airport but not too crazy about the carpet...kinda dull.
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Old August 27th, 2010, 08:38 PM   #300
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Yeah the carpet has been the subject of much altercation in the Indian forum recently but I personally like it.

Courtesy of d_rk: thanks to one of my friend who recently visited india..
well the murals has indeed become the icon for DIAL inside.

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