DIAL Changing the Face of Delhi Airport

Those of us who have traveled from Delhi Airport in 1990’s know how simple plain vanilla the Airports were.

One accelerator, 2-3 shops selling Simple Desi Burger and Sandwich along with Campa Cola or ThumsUp. The entire experience had nothing to talk about.

And come 2010 ka time with Airports getting Swankier with many amenities, Comfort Zones, Lots of retail and Food Options.  And now in 2017, we compete with the best Airports of the world.


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Due to regular work as well as increased leisure related travel the airports are busier than ever before and the Government as well as the appointed company for Delhi Airport “Delhi International Airport Limited” aka DIAL  has been doing their bit to make it better.

It all started with Redoing T1 and then creating the state of art T3 and refurbishing T2 for Haj Pilgrims.

Now, due to the increased demand and for seeing the future DIAL has decided to take some bigger steps. The Bigger steps would not only make everyone’s experience great, it will also ensure that this upgrade runs for many many years to come.

One such step was shared with the Media a few days back. We at Mister Tikku were lucky to be a part of it and after the presentation, our Respect for the DIAL and the company behind it GM Ltd increased many fold.



Let me quickly share things that are going to affect you as a traveler and

This is the shape of things to come for Delhi Airport. For those who want more, I would share the technical details at the end of the mail

Leg 1
Some of the Traffic from T1 shall be shifted to T2 and T1 shall have a new look a la T3

Leg 2
Services Resumed in a Bigger Better way from T-1.

Leg -3
T-2 Shall be Demolished to make way for a Swankier T4 to take care of the growing Demand and Expectations.

Delhi is getting ready to Spread more Love. Will take 3 years for this process to complete.

This is a recently clicked Pic of recently Refurbished T2 with 4 Entry gates, 74 Check-in Counters, 9 X-Ray Machines, 6 Baggage Belts

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GMR led DIAL set for Delhi Airport’s Expansion in line with Master Plan



  • Both T1D & T1C to be expanded and merged into a single Terminal
  • Terminal 1 carriers to shift part operations to T2 in the interim
  • Elevated Eastern Cross Taxiways to enhance Airside capacity
  • A new runway to come up parallel to Runway 11/29

GMR Group led Delhi International Airport Ltd, today announced that it is set to start the process of Delhi Airport capacity expansion as per the IGI Airport (IGIA) Master plan 2016. The expansion process will encompass all areas of the airport i.e. Airside, Terminal and Landside. In May 2016, DIAL had finalised the plan with Ministry of Civil Aviation, (GoI) in consultation with all the stakeholders. It is set to roll out the plan in a bid to cater to the future requirements of the passengers without compromising with the world class facilities. The Master Plan will be implemented in three modular phases- phase 3A (2018-21), 3 B (2021-25) and Phase 4 (2026 onwards).

The departure Terminal, T1D and arriving Terminal, T1 C will be merged into one and expanded to accommodate 40 million passengers per annum. This includes modification of Apron to meet future aircraft demand equipped with modern facilities like Bridge Mounted Equipment (BME) and Visual Docking Guidance System (VDGS). The modified T1 will also have Aerobridge operations with 22 Aerobridges.

Commenting on the development, Mr I Prabhakara Rao, CEO, DIAL, said, “Passenger delight is of utmost importance to us. It is our constant endeavour to provide a very modern and world-class airport to our passengers. Keeping in view the organization’s vision, we have planned to increase the capacity of T1 and T3 and build a fourth runway in due course of time. As per the Master Plan, capacity of T 1 will be increased from 20 million to 40 million and the capacity of T3 will be increased from 34 million to 45 million. The expansion would enable us to handle the steep rise of the passenger inflow at the Airport.”

He further added, “In view of the robust growth in passenger traffic and upcoming airport expansion works, DIAL has revamped and is recommissioning T2. We have asked the airlines operating from T1 for part shifting of operations to T2 from October 2017. T3 and T2 would cater to the growing traffic in the next three to four years by which time T1 expansion project would be completed. As the Airport Operator, DIAL is leaving no stone unturned towards making Delhi Airport a preferred Hub Airport of Asia. Our focus towards maintaining highest level of safety and operational efficiency is unwavering.  We aim to provide users with unique experience of airport ambience, excellence in services and innovative technologies.”


In a bid to minimize the inconvenience to passengers, late last year, DIAL initiated the consultation with all three airlines for shifting to T2 given the need of reducing the load on T1. The mothballed T2 having a capacity of 14 million passengers per annum was refurbished and made ready for accepting partial load from T1.

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The expansion works will be carried out along with the normal operations at T1. Certain areas of the terminal and city side will operate at a lower capacity of 16 million passengers per annum (MPPA). However the overall capacity of the airport in view of T2 operationalisation will be maintained at around 70 MPPA. Besides, a fourth runway will be built parallel to Runway 11/29. The fourth runway will be constructed by 2021. This will ease out future pressure on other runways and will be constructed parallel to runway 11/29.

In the year 2006 DIAL had submitted the first master plan to modernize the Indira Gandhi International Airport into world-class infrastructure. DIAL seamlessly executed the Master Plan 2006 handling even greater traffic than was envisaged. The Airport today stands No.2 globally in over 40 million passenger per annum category as per Airports Council International’s (ACI) ASQ survey.


Delhi Airport is the largest and the busiest airport in India. During the FY 2016-17 it handled 57.7 million passengers and over 8,57,000 tonnes of Cargo. Delhi Airport has been ranked 21st busiest airport in the world by ACI achieving highest growth of 21 % in calendar year 2016 among top 30 airports in the world.


Proposed Terminal 1 : Key Features

Touch Point Existing Proposed Plan
Terminal Capacity 20 Million 40 Million
Area 60000 sqm 169000 sqm
Entry Gate 8 Gates (16 CISF positions) 13 Gates (26 CISF positions)
Check in 4- Island 5- Island
CUSS 12 35
Hand Baggage 160-180 bags /Hr. ATRS– 350 to 400 bags/Hr.
(Automatic tray retrieval system)
BMA 4 Baggage Carousels 9 Baggage Carousels
Baggage System Airlines Wise Flight wise (flexible)
Arrival Baggage Belt 8 Nos. of 52m each 10 Nos. of 70 m length each
Apron Parking Stands 71 (55 Suitable for Code C Operations) 82 (Standard for all code C aircrafts)
PBBs NIL 22 Nos.
Fuel Hydrant NIL Yes for all stands
VDGS NIL Yes for all stands
Landside Departure Forecourt 6 (3 + 3) Lane 9 (3 + 3 + 3) Lane
Arrival Forecourt 8 (3 + 3 + 2) Lane 11 (3 + 3 + 3 + 2) Lane
MLCP NIL Yes (1500 Car Parks)

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Terminal 2 Key Infrastructure

Touch Point Infrastructure available
Entry to the Terminal 4 entry gates
Check in 74 Check in counters
Security Check 9  X-Ray Machines
Boarding 6 contact stands + 4 bus gates
Reclaim belts 6 belts
Arrivals 2 Exit gates

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About DIAL

The GMR Group led, Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) is a consortium; comprising of GMR Group, Airports Authority of India and Fraport. The consortium has a mandate to finance, design, build, operate and maintain the Delhi Airport for 30 years with an option to extend it by another 30 years. It has truly proven to be a shining example of Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Make in India. Delhi Airport has been adjudged as World’s second best Airportby Airports Council International’s (ACI) in 2016 in the category of above 40 million passengers per annum (mppa). DIAL completed the modernization of Delhi’s IGI Airport including the commissioning of Terminal 3 (T3)- India’s largest building post-independence in a record time of 37 months.

The passenger Terminals managed by DIAL are recognised for their state-of-the-art infrastructure, design and operational efficiency. T3 serves as a hub for many carriers and has truly redefined the way Indian passengers fly. Delhi Airport is a leading Indian airport both in Passenger and Cargo capabilities with an annual traffic of 46 mppa and Cargo tonnage of over 0.76 million tons.

DIAL lays strong emphasis on green sustainable technologies and has won numerous awards and recognitions for the environmental sustainability initiatives.


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