Delhi New Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3 Inaugurated by PM | Terminal 3 at Delhi
Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday inaugurated a glitzy new terminal at the Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi. He stated it to be the sixth largest and among the most modern in the world.The Airport built in record 37 months at a cost of nearly $3 billion.The actual Operations will start from 14 JULY 2010. "Today is a special occasion for our country. We are all very happy and proud of the completion of one of the world's largest airport terminals in a record 37 months," the prime minister told the well-attended opening ceremony.
Indira Gandhi International Airport is located at Delhi. It is named after our Former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. It is the busiest airport of South Asia. The airport was previously operated by the Indian Air Force until its management was transferred to the Airport Authority of India.
The state-of-the-art integrated terminal, called T3, of Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in New Delhi is poised to be the world’s third-largest, after Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and Beijing in China, in terms of size. Once T3 starts operations in July 2010, IGIA will become the world’s fifth-largest in terms of capacity. T3 would increase the capacity of IGIA to 60 million passengers annually, from 23 million after it starts commercial operation in July 2010.
This terminal will have 168 check-in counters, 74 aerobridges, 30 parking bays, 72 immigration counters, 15 X-ray screening areas, for less waiting times, duty-free shops, and other features. Over 90% of passengers will use this terminal. This new terminal has been completed in time for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which are to be held in Delhi, and will be connected to Delhi by an eight-lane motorway (National Highway 8), and the Delhi Mass Rapid Transit System.
The new T3 will become fully operational from July 14 after which all international airlines and India's full cost carriers Air India, Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines will start their operations from the terminal in a phased manner. Air India AI102 is all set to be the first flight to arrive at the new terminal. Air India Delhi-Dubai will be the first flight to depart. Members of the Oneworld alliance will also operate from this terminal as a result of Kingfisher Airlines's entry into the alliance.
Terminal 3 will form the first phase of the airport expansion in which a 'U' shaped building will be developed in a modular manner. In 2010, all international and full service domestic carriers will operate from Terminal 3, while Terminal 1 will be dedicated to low cost operations. In subsequent stages, the low cost carriers will also move to the new terminal complex.
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