New terminal to replace T2; IGI to get 4th runway
IGI Airport is all set for a major expansion with the old international terminal (T2) going to make way for a brand-new T4 that would be built right across T3 and which could be its mirror image.
Aviation secretary R N Choubey told TOI on Tuesday that DIAL's plan to construct T4, a fourth runway and expand T1 had been cleared. "In all, IGI Airport would get about 1.2 lakh square metres of additional area under the master plan," he said.
A senior Aviation ministry official said the plan had been cleared and DIAL should share the details. But DIAL refused to give any details despite repeated attempts.
As of now, T1, which is used by low-cost carriers, is bursting at the seams with hardly any space for flyers to sit in peak hours or additional flight slots for the airlines. Choubey, who made DIAL improve things at 1D last year, didn't want a repeat of a Mumbai-like situation in Delhi and wanted DIAL to begin expansion work at the earliest.
"T2 has been mothballed ever since T3 was completed and made operational in 2010. It is used for Haj flights for some months in a year. Now this would demolished to make way for T2, which should have the same annual passenger handling capacity as T3 at 34 million to 35 million," said a source.
DIAL plans to have the fourth runway ready by the time T1's passenger handling capacity expands from 18 million to 30 million in four years; T4 work would begin after that. Sources said T3 and T4 would have an integrated approach and seamless connectivity; and while T3 would be made all international, T4 and T1 would be for domestic flights. Air India's Centaur Hotel could also be demolished in the next three years as DIAL needs this place to house a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility.