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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.

Some Images of T3:

Departure level

Sun God

Mudras - 9 classical hand gestures have been installed in the immigration area.
Read more about them here.

Multilevel Parking Lot - 7 levels with a capacity of 4300 cars

New ATC tower - will be 100 meters tall and commissioned in early 2014


As part of Phase 1 of the plan, a new terminal for domestic operations has been built. This terminal has been dubbed T1D but after 2010 will become T1B and will cater to the LCCs.

Asia's third longest runway also became operational on September 26th. This 4,330 m long runway is IGI's third runway.

According to the 2026 masterplan, the IGI airport will be able to handle 100 million passengers/annum.

2026 masterplan:

Masterplan Model

Phased expansion and modernization timeline (TENTATIVE):

Phase 1A (2008) - COMPLETED
-Modernization of existing terminals - 1A,1B,1C and T2
-New Departure terminal for low cost airlines - T1D
-Third Runway

Phase 1B (2010) - COMPLETED
-New Integrated Terminal - T3
-Metro connectivity through Airport Express Line

Phase 2 (2012)
-Additional remote stands near T3
-New central transportation corridor
-T1B to be razed - New terminal for general aviation and parking lot to come in place.

Phase 3 (2016)
-New international terminal - T4
-Expansion of T3 including piers
-Fourth Runway (11L/29R)
-New ATC tower

Phase 4 (2021)
-New Terminal -T5
-New pier for T5 and contact stands

Phase 5 (2026)
-New terminal for LCCs - T6
-Expansion of T3 and T4 piers and concourses
-Remote stands for T6
-New strengthened runway 09/27
-cargo facilities relocated North

more info on the future of the airport from a news article:

New integrated terminal to go domestic by 2020

The new integrated passenger terminal (Terminal 3) set to come up at IGI Airport ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games which will cater to both domestic and international passengers is to be eventually converted to a domestic terminal by 2020.

When Terminal 3 is converted to a domestic terminal, all international operations will be shifted to a brand new international passenger terminal (tentatively called Terminal 4) which will come up at the same place where the international terminal currently stands.

Senior Delhi International Airport Private Ltd (DIAL) officials say until the new terminal is built, certain changes will be effected to deal with the growing air traffic. Soon, Terminal 1A will be thrown open to other airlines besides Indian (Airlines) and Kingfisher.

"The existing international terminal is likely to be demolished by 2015 after which there is a plan to come up with a new international terminal at the same location," Delhi International Airport Private Ltd (DIAL)'s Chief Development Officer I Prabhakara Rao said.

"Also, we plan to construct another international terminal (Terminal 5) in the saturation phase by 2025. So, both these terminals will then take care of international operations while the integrated Terminal 3 will be used solely for domestic operations," he added.

But what happens to the existing domestic airport? DIAL plans to raze the domestic airport by 2020 and clear the area for cargo operations.

DIAL also plans to come up with a brand new Low Cost Carrier (LCC) Terminal (Terminal 6) exclusively to cater to low-cost carriers at the point where Nangal Dewat village and Centaur Hotel currently stand. "By 2008, a low-cost terminal, Terminal 1-C, will come up at the existing domestic airport site. However, this terminal will eventually be shut down once the entire domestic airport is demolished to make way for cargo operations. So by 2020, we plan to have a new LCC terminal at the airport," Rao added.

DIAL officials say the new LCC terminal will be spread over an area of 2.5 million square feet. As per initial projections, the LCC Terminal would be almost the same size as that of the international and domestic terminals by the year 2020.

"Considering the passenger traffic growth in coming years, we have kept sufficient flexibility in our plans and so a lot of things will change over the next few years," Rao added.

During the course of the function, Patel appealed to Chidambaram to reduce duties on aircraft fuel so that every citizen can afford air travel.

In addition to an underground Metro link to the airport, DIAL plans to construct an underground road connecting the airport with National Highway 8.

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Interview with DIAL Chairman

On the eve of the Delhi airport being handed over to the GMR Group, its chairman G.M. Rao

What are going to be your priorities once you take over the Delhi airport?
We have to improve airport operations. There are improvements we have to do within three, six, 12 months. Otherwise, there are huge liquid damages, which are part of the Operation, Management and Development Agreement (OMDA). By 2010, before the Commonwealth Games, we hope to have a new building in place with international standards. We have 12 challenges before us, including the upgradation of terminal capacity up to 2010. We also hope to lower the dwell time of cargo to 24 hours by then.

What can we expect in the next few months?
In Phase 1, within three months we have to lift the face of the present building. There are early success targets we have in trolley management, queue management, seating, parking, landscaping and so on.

How much money is at stake?
We plan to spend Rs 3,200 crore in Phase 1 and service about 20-25 million passengers. By the next 15-20 years, we would have invested close to Rs 20,000 crore and the airport will be ready to service 100 million passengers.

How will you finance these phases?
We are allowed a debt-equity ratio of 1:3. In the first phase we will have to bring Rs 550-600 crore. About Rs 200 crore of this equity has already come into the company, in the bank. We have unconditional debt commitments from ICICI Bank and Punjab National Bank. We have about Rs 4,000 crore of sanction letters from them.

Any plans for an IPO?
We don’t plan to go public immediately. Most of our financing will be internally generated. At some stage we may go for an IPO. Today, there is no dearth of money to fund infrastructure projects. We are also looking at private equity.

So, why Delhi, why not Mumbai?
The Mumbai airport is a very difficult airport — there are slums around it, there is a cross runway and so on. Also, Delhi is the future. The potential is huge. The Commonwealth Games will be happening here. The infrastructure is much better than Bombay’s. We hope to turn Delhi into a transit hub. We also hope to integrate with the Metro. We want to make the Delhi airport the world’s best, a landmark, where people, both Indians and foreigners, should feel good. It should be the pride of India.

Taking charge of an airport is not easy. There will be differences... All stakeholders have been met — customs, immigration, security, state police and so on. Not only we’ve met them but the first line discussions have also been held. Now we will come out with a detailed plan. In six months we will have to give a full plan. Today, it’s only the initial development plan.

Your projections are bold, but how will you modernise the airport without hurting current operations, inconveniencing passengers?
See, we have built and operated five greenfield projects - three power plants, two roads and one airport at Hyderabad. The Delhi airport is a brownfield project, which is more challenging. It’s like making a new house over an existing one, with the family staying there, without affecting their emotions. That’s the real challenge.

What next?
Whenever the Chennai and Kolkata airports come up for bidding, we will be there to bid. Infrastructure is our business now.

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Phase I of Delhi airport modernisation to be over in 2010'

GMR that won the bid for the Delhi airport modernisation, is coming out with an IPO to raise more than Rs 1000 crore. The issue will be out in the second or third week of June.

The company intends to invest Rs 103 crore in the Hyderabad international airport. It will invest Rs 93 crore this year as well as next year in the Delhi airport. The company also intends to put about Rs 460 crore into roads.

As regards the Delhi airport modernization, the company’s CFO Madhu Terdal says that the first phase of the modernization plan will be over in 2010 March.

Excerpts from CNBC-TV18's exclusive interview with Madhu Terdal:

Q: Rs 1000 is the amount that you are planning to raise. How are you dividing it between roads projects as well as the airport modernisation, which is on the table?

A: We are in an IPO blackout period. So, I will not be able to give the full details as to how much we are exactly raising because the amount will also depend upon the actual dilution and also the valuation that we will be able to put there.

But I can say that we will be diluting upto 13.69% of the equity, in total, not by way of divestment of the secondary but by way of fresh issue of shares in GMR Infrastructure.

With that we will be able to raise more than Rs 1000 crore in the GMR Infrastructure. We have already filed our prospectus with Sebi on May 2. If everything goes according to our calculation, we should be bringing out the issue in the second-third week of June.

Q: How much deployment will happen in the road projects and how much will happen in the airport modernisation project?

A: Basically we are in three verticals: energy, roads as well airports. There is an immediate need in Hyderabad as well as Delhi. In Hyderabad international airport, we will be deploying about Rs 105 crore. In Delhi airport, we will be putting about Rs 93 crore this year as well as in the next year. We will be putting about Rs 460 crore into roads. The money will also be used for general corporate purposes.

Q: What is the status right now in the Vemagiri power plant?

A: Vemagiri will be achieving commercial production sometime in June.

Q: Give us a revenue break up between your three core businesses?

A: Last year in March 05, we achieved revenue of about Rs 992 crore. Of this, around 91% consists of power alone. Only the two power generating assets are completely under commercial production and operations; and only two roads are operational. So roads contributed only around 8% during the last year. This year definitely Delhi will be adding to the revenue; and this composition will alter.

Q: In how many phases the Delhi airport modernisation plan is it likely to be divided, and when can we actually see the completion happening?

A: We are planning to invest close to around Rs 2900 crore in Delhi airport. The first phase will be over by March 2010, when the country will be welcoming the Commonwealth Games.

We are supposed to complete minimum capital project commitments as laid down by the government before March 2010. At that point of time, the airport will be ready to receive around 22.5 million passengers in Delhi.

Q: The buzz is that the company intends to raise between Rs 400 - 500 crore via private placement front. ICICI will pick up that 5% stake for Rs 250 crore. Are you in talks with other suitors? How soon are you likely to make that placement?

A: The actual stake taken by ICICI is about 3.35%, which will alter. Post issuance, it will come down below 3%. We have disclosed in the prospectus that we are in talk with certain investors, who will be making 10% mandatory divestment to the public. Some of the money will be placed with couple of other private equity investors.

Q: Will it happen before the IPO comes out?

A: We will have to do it before we file the Red Herring Prospectus.

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News Releases on FRaport Website

Fraport to Become Airport Operator in Delhi –Concession for at Least 30 Years

Under an international bidding procedure, the Indian government has contracted a consortium comprising Fraport AG to modernize, expand and operate Delhi Airport (DEL). The concession runs for three decades with an option to renew for another 30 years. Final approval from the entire Indian cabinet is expected tomorrow.

The consortium will soon own 74 percent of the shares in India's second largest airport. State-owned Airports Authority of India (AAI) will own the remaining 26 percent. Fraport, with a 10 percent stake in the joint venture, will take over the role of airport operator at Delhi – where it will be utilizing its extensive airport expertise developed over the past 80 years.

One of Fraport's partners in the consortium is the Indian-based GMR Group, which is active in the energy sector, provides financial services, and already has a contract for developing and operating the new airport in Hyderabad. Other consortium partners include the Indian investment fund IDF, as well as Malaysian Airport's Niaga subsidiary. which will provide its experience in airport retailing.

During the last business year, Delhi Airport welcomed more than 13 million passengers, handled some 320,000 metric tons of cargo, and recorded more than 100,000 takeoffs and landings.

Located about 15 kilometers from Delhi's city center, the airport features two runways and two terminals (domestic and international). The airport is served by about 50 airlines.

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Mott MacDonald to design Delhi airport

Posted online: Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 0142 hours IST

NEW DELHI, MAY 10: The GMR-Fraport consortium has appointed Mott MacDonald Group as the leading technical advisor for modernising Delhi airport at a cost of Rs 60 crore. Mott MacDonald has, in turn, appointed leading global architect HOK International, to design the airport.

According to civil aviation ministry sources, the consultant would be required to submit a master development plan to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) within six months.

The sources also said that once the master plan is devised by September, it has to be approved by AAI before being implemented. GMR had on May 3 taken over the management of the Delhi airport from AAI.

Mott MacDonald, the UK-based consulting firm, is one of the top five management, engineering and development consultants in the world.

Sources in GMR said HOK has in the last five years handled 50 airport construction projects worth $20 billion. They said Mott MacDonald would also help GMR float the tender inviting civil construction companies to bid for building the new airport.

The sources said Mott MacDonald has already mobilised 40 technical personnel specifically for the airport project and is likely to bring in 80-100 more in the next couple of weeks.

AAI holds a 26% in the joint venture company—Delhi International Airport Limited. The consortium, comprising GMR group, Fraport, Malaysia Airports and India Development Fund, owns 74% stake in the JV.

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Delhi Centaur future hangs fire

With the proposed modernisation of Delhi airport moving at a fast pace, a question mark hangs over the future of the Centaur hotel at the airport.

Official sources told Business Line that the promoters of the new airport had written to Air India pointing out that the existing hotel could come in the way of the proposed taxi track that is to come up as part of the future expansion of the airport.

In view of this development, AI has sought more details including the timeframe during which the proposed taxi track would come up and has put on hold its plans of giving out the property on a long-term management contract.

The airline management was looking at giving out the hotel on lease for at least 30 years.

"If the hotel falls in front of the proposed taxi track, then it may have to relocated to another site. If that were to happen, what sense does it make for us to enter the market now and look for a party who would like to take the hotel on a long-term management basis?" senior AI officials asked.

Meanwhile, the Centaur hotel continues to do brisk business.

"The hotel has been reporting a high occupancy rate and is now a self-sustaining unit," a senior AI official said.

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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
i saw their designs for the 3 airport projects they've handled. the stuff looks awesome. the two Japan airports look very nice. i think we can expect something like that or better than that.

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3 Crore granite order for DIAL

Chennai: Jain Granites today said it has successfully executed a Rs three crore project for the Delhi Airport modernisation and was expecting an order for almost double the amount.

"Within eight weeks we executed the Delhi airport modernisation project after it was privatised and taken over by GMR. We are expecting another nearly Rs six crore order from the airport," R Sunil Bafna, Executive Director of the marble-granite trade and export firm, told reporters here.

The airport project was one among the several orders amounting to Rs 9.45 crore it received this fiscal.

The orders, which has been received by the company included Rs five crore order from Gap Pazarlama A S, Turkey, Rs 75 lakh order from Hock Heng Granite, Malaysia and Rs 25 lakh each projects from Oxford Base, Malaysia and Ally Weerasinghe, Colombo respectively, he said.

Bafna said his company was constructing a 2600 sq ft building in the city to set up its corporate office and granite showroom, which will be completed within a year.

The company had turnover of Rs 3.93 crore in 2005-06 with a nearly Rs nine lakh net profit and hoped to increase it several fold and was aiming at a turnover of Rs 20 crore in 2006-07 fiscal, he said.

Replying to a question, he said globally the market size of granites and marbles was to the tune of 200 billion USD and India had a share of just 1.75 per cent of it.

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New-look airport in the making in Delhi

I am glad that it indeed taking off. I hope that the Supreme Court Judgement is in GMR favor and we can get over with obstacles..

Saturday, 20 May , 2006, 09:34

New Delhi: A new low-cost terminal, airport staff trained by the Taj group of hotels in house-keeping duties, a more efficient air traffic control system that cuts down on flight delays and a world-class experience with huge amount of duty-free shopping area would soon await passengers using the Delhi airport.

This and more could become a possibility with the GMR-led consortium mandated to modernise Delhi having hired a host of international consultants to assist in the project implementation. The promoters are said to be keen that the proposed airport be noted among the "best of the class" airport in the region. |Will the Left make it right?|

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While an HR firm, Growtalent, will soon start talking individually and collectively to all the 2,400 employees of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to chalk out their career progression plan, plans are also afoot to send certain sections of AAI staff to some key airports globally to sensitise them to working of their counterparts.

Besides, the UK-based Mott MacDonald has been hired as the lead technical advisor to the project and three companies including National Air Traffic Services of UK, Airservices Australia and German ATC are in the race for providing consultancy services to improve the efficiency of air traffic controller.

Other facilities

Also on the anvil are not only a combined international and domestic terminal but also a parallel runway. Both the facilities are likely to be ready well before Delhi hosts the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

Work is also expected to start soon on refurbishing Terminal IB, which is currently used as the domestic departure terminal for most private airlines.

While a clearer picture on the physical contours of the new airport would emerge after the plans are frozen with the Government in the next six months, the promoters have made a start by improving areas where passengers come into direct contact with the facilities at the airport.

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I recently returned from several months in India - my first visit. I really, really hope India gets decent airport facilities soon. I was absolutely shocked by both Bombay and Delhi. As a gateway to India these airports do nothing but make the visitor want to turn around and get back on the plane. The management of the aiport also has to do soemthing about the aggresvive touts, especially in Delhi, who harrass visitors and reduced a girl I was travelling with to tears because they kept groping her while trying to grab her bag.

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We do not need to wait till 2010 for the cosmetic changes to take effect.
The only thing that cannot be done now is have the new terminal up and running.

Otherwise, GMR as it has effective control of the airport now should (and I believe
will) improve the general cleanliness of the current terminals, improve the
customer service by training the airport staff, reduce the problem of touting at
the airport.

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GMR Mgmt - we can expect a sea change soon

Plan to clear traffic chaos at airport hits the fast lane
GMR-Fraport asks IIT-Delhi to revive 2-yr-old plan to improve traffic movement, parking
New Delhi, May 29: ABOUT two years back, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, prepared a plan to regulate traffic in and around both the domestic and international airports. But it hardly took off. Now, GMR-Fraport, the private company mordernising the airport, is reviving that plan.

‘‘GMR wants us to update the plan and also incorporate other features as per their requirements and assessments,’’ said Dr Geetam Tewari, professor, Traffic Research and Injury Prevention Programme (TRIPP), IIT Delhi.

According to Tewari, the revision of the plan, originally framed for the Airports Authority of India (AAI), will take another two or three weeks. Once it is ready, GMR-Fraport plans to implement it on a fast-track basis.

‘‘GMR’s main focus is to improve parking facilities, besides re-routing arrival and departure traffic. They also want us to improve plans for a long-term parking facility, keeping in mind the traffic volume expected by 2010,’’ said Tewari.

At present, the Delhi airport gets about 10 million passengers annually. This figure is estimated to increase to 35 million by 2010.

Meanwhile, GMR has also sought the help of the traffic police to control taxis and autorickshaws around the airport, besides managing the pre-paid booth area.

‘‘We have had a couple of meetings with GMR officials on the issue,’’ said P C Hota, DCP Traffic, Southern range. ‘‘GMR also wants spacious entry and exit areas, and space to be earmarked for buses,’’ he added.

The pre-paid taxi stand at Terminal 1-B of the domestic airport will be shifted. About 250 taxis that operate from here will be parked in a plot at nearby Mehramnagar, owned by the Airports Authority of India.

The space that will be freed opposite the terminal will be used for parking private cars.

What GMR wants
* Improved parking facilities
* No traffic snarls at entry and exit points
* Earmarked space for buses
* Clear overcrowding by taxis, autorickshaws
* Streamline pre-paid system to make it passenger friendly

What TRIPP-IIT plans
* Separate lanes, pull-in bays and parking lots for private cars, taxis, buses and three-wheelers
* Electronic sensors to monitor waiting time of taxis in the drop-off area of the departure wing
* Luggage trolleys at convenient locations
* Regulate access and speed of all traffic
* Improved lighting, drainage
* Clear signs and information systems
* Clearly-defined spaces around dormitories, toilets, canteens, kiosks etc.
* Remove the bottlenecks around the ‘‘meet-and-greet’’ points, lounges, entrances and exits
* All paths and ramps to have trolley and wheelchair-friendly gradients

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Passenger Friendly Delhi Airport


New Delhi, May 30: CONFUSION is the prevailing sentiment for a first-time visitor to the Indira Gandhi International airport. Almost a month after the GMR-Fraport consortium took over the Delhi airport, it has figured that one out and has a plan ready to roll from next month.

The airport will soon have a team of ushers working round-the-clock to escort and help out passengers.

They will mostly be students and trainees from the hospitality industry. The team will assist passengers at the terminal and guide them through the procedure of checking in, undergoing security checks, and verification.

‘‘There is a large number of first time visitors to the international airport, many are even uneducated or are from rural areas. They get completely disoriented at the terminal and are unable to understand how the whole process of checking, baggage checks works. Presence of ushers at the terminals will help address the problem,’’ said an official at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

‘‘We have already selected two institutes to help us implement the plan. While the first batch of around 25 ushers will come from Frankfinn Management Consultants, the next will be from the Air Hostess Academy. The ushers will work through three shifts round-the-clock and will be paid a stipend. Identity verification of the candidates is under process in view of the high security concerns but the first batch will start operating very shortly,’’ said the official.

The Air Hostess Academy (AHA) confirmed that the plan was on.

‘‘Eighteen of our students will start working as ushers at the international terminal next month onwards. We will continue to send batches for this training at the airport,” said the spokesperson from the Air Hostess Academy.

GMR-Fraport had outlined a 100-day improvement plan after taking over the airport.

Employing ushers is one of the many targets listed by the consortium and is one of the many moves planned to create a ‘passenger-friendly’ identity for the airport.

At your service
* Ushers to escort and guide passengers at the Indira Gandhi International airport from next month
* AHA and Frankfinn Management Consultants to send first two batches
* Team will work round-the-clock to assist passengers at the terminal and guide them through the process of checking in, security checks and verification

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Airport revamp, a month on

GMR-Fraport takes over parallel charge of IGI Airport; renovation of canteen, toilets underway

Anubhuti Vishnoi
New Delhi, June 3: THE GMR-Fraport led consortium today took over parallel control of the Indira Gandhi International Airport. All decisions related to the airport will be taken only after a joint discussion between the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and the GMR group officials.

Though GMR-Fraport had formally assumed charge of the airport administration a month ago, the AAI was managing and operating it.

Officials say a complete takeover is likely in July.

Soon after assuming charge in May, GMR had outlined its early targets. Newsline takes a look at what has been achieved and what is on its way.

Sanitation and Cleanliness are at the top of GMR’s must-do list. They have even got down to working on it. Renovation has already started at two toilet complexes each at Terminal 1A and 1B and another one at the Arrival lounge. The entire flooring in the complexes is being redone.

Having fast-tracked IIT Delhi’s plan to decongest the airport approach roads, GMR is hoping to ensure smooth traffic flow in the area in the coming two months.

The prepaid taxi parking opposite terminal 1B is also set to be shifted to AAI land in Mehramnagar.

This will provide additional parking space for 250 vehicles and also help address another early target outlined by GMR: doing away with touts.

The move will also address security concerns voiced by airport officials.employee benefits

Work is on to renovate the staff canteen which senior AAI officials admit ‘‘was quite disappointing’’ earlier. The canteen will have swanky interiors and a new catering agency is to be appointed. It will be air-conditioned and ready to operate by July-end, said senior airport officials.

Help kiosks and ushers
To make the airport more passenger-friendly, GMR-Fraport is going to sprinkle a few help desks at the terminals, some are already in place.

In addition, there will be well-informed ushers, fresh out of hospitality institutes, to guide first-time visitors and those who find the international terminal confusing. The first batch will be posted at the airport from this month.

On the anvil
* Improved trolley management
* Crackdown on touts
* Improved Queue system
* Streamlining taxi and autorickshaw movement
* Increasing frequency of shuttle service between the domestic and international terminal for bonafide passengers
* Improving air-conditioning and lighting facilities
* Optimal use of X-ray machines

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Discussion Starter · #17 ·
looks like they have a hell of an agenda. hope to see the services of the airport increase drastically. this alone will give a foreigner much better impression when he/she first enters the country. i can't wait to see the designs.

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DIAL - more to come

Camrys for Ambys: VVIP fleet gets a facelift at IGI

[ Tuesday, June 06, 2006 12:14:37 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

NEW DELHI: VVIPs will now fly in style at the IGI Airport. The two white Ambassadors bearing the trademark beacon light and unmarked number plate that just say 'VIP' which used to ferry VVIPs from the entrance gate on domestic arrival-IB terminal side to their aircraft, are now being replaced with latest luxury vehicles like Camry and Innova.

Sources said this facility would also be extended to high flyers who use small corporate or executive jets for crisscrossing the country.

"The traffic of private jets is constantly growing. The airport has 18 bays for these aircraft and they are always full. Only the dedicated vehicles would be allowed to take VVIP passengers to and from their aircraft from the main gate," said sources.

Just like these VVIPs and other high flyers who use personal jets, the average passenger can also look forward to an easier approach to the airport. The huge green central verge in front of IB terminal is being demolished.

At present, vehicles have to turn left at the island to reach IB and this bend in traffic flow is yet another impediment to smooth access. "This green patch is being removed. Special approach paths will be created for passengers to reach the terminal once they alight from their vehicles," said sources.

The removal of this big patch was important for another reason too. The new developers are learnt to have zeroed in on 3-4 options for increasing terminal capacity to accommodate the ever-growing air traffic.

Among the options being considered are — extending IB in the open area ahead of it and merging the domestic arrival and IB terminals. A final decision is likely by the end of the month.

The old buses used for intra-terminal transit (taking passengers from domestic to international terminal and vice versa for catching connecting flights) are also being phased out.

In their place, new low-floor and disabled-friendly buses would be deployed. "As of now, two buses make about 22 rounds between the terminal from within the airport area. They are soon going to be replaced by world-class buses," said sources.

Meanwhile Tata Consultancy has just completed a study of terminal facilities. This study would be considered by Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd's (DIAL) lead consultant and then steps would be taken to have an immediate improvement in facilities at the existing terminals.

The Union civil aviation ministry had in fact given a time-bound deadline to the private consortia to have immediate visible improvement in basic services.
Does any one have a photo or a sketch of the current delhi airport and its terminals? What is the green patch they are talking about?

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Delhi Airport Present versus Future Comparison

I would request any SSC member in Delhi to take as many pictures as
possible of the current terminals and other infrastructure at the Delhi
airport. When GMR is finished with all its planned changes a second set of
photos identical to the ones taken earlier can be taken.

This will help us bring out a before-after comparison of the airport.
This before-after comparison can then be shown to doubting citizens and
left party activists so that they can see for themselves how bad the airport
was under AAI and how good it is (presumably) under GMR and how the
privatization of such assets is a necessity for India.

Cov Boy
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WOW! This is brilliant news. Things are moving really fast. Toilets and flooring already being changed. Parking, touts and ushers being brought in etc. The private owners have done more in those few weeks since taking over than AAI has done in many years. This is a major improvement and going in the right direction.
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