New Delhi Indira Gandhi Airport Reviews
New Delhi Indira Gandhi Airport Reviews
Indira Gandhi International Airport (IATA: DEL, ICAO: VIDP) is the primary international airport of the National Capital Region of Delhi, India, situated in Palam, 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) south-west of New Delhi. Named after Indira Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India, it is the busiest airport in India. With the commencement of operations at the new Terminal 3, Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport has become India’s and South Asia’s largest aviation hub, with a current capacity of handling more than 46 million passengers. IGIA along with Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, and Chennai’s Chennai International Airport combinedly handles more than half of the aircraft movements in South Asia. The airport’s operator, Delhi International Airport Private Limited (DIAL), is looking to make the airport the next international transit hub.
Spread over an area of 5,220 acres (2,112 ha) of land, Delhi airport serves as the primary civilian aviation hub for the National Capital Region of India. It was previously operated by the Indian Air Force until its management was transferred to the Airport Authority of India. In May 2006, the management of the airport was passed over to Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), a joint venture led by the GMR Group, which also has the responsibility for the airport’s ongoing expansion and modernisation.
In 2011-12, the airport handled 35.88 million passengers and the planned expansion program will increase its capacity to handle 100 million passengers by 2030. The new Terminal 3 building has had the capacity to handle an additional 34 million passengers annually since the start of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Terminal 3 is the world’s 8th largest passenger terminal. In September 2008, the airport inaugurated a 4.43 kilometre-long runway. In 2010, Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) was conferred the fourth best airport award in the world in the 15–25 million category, and Best Improved Airport in the Asia-Pacific Region by Airport Council International. In 2011, the IGIA was ranked the second-best airport in the world in the 25-40 million passengers category, again by Airport Council International. Also in 2012, the airport was the 27th busiest in the world with 39,887,866 passengers handled, registering a 12.7% growth in traffic over the previous year.
Safdarjung Airport was built in 1930 and was the main airport for Delhi until 1962. Due to increasing passenger traffic at Safdarjung, civilian operations were moved to Palam Airport (later renamed to IGIA) in 1962. Palam Airport had been built during World War II as RAF Station Palam and after the British left, it served as an Air Force Station for the Indian Air Force.
Palam Airport had a peak capacity of around 1300 passengers per hour. Owing to an increase in air traffic in the 1970s, an additional terminal with nearly four times the area of the old Palam terminal was constructed. With the inauguration of a new international terminal (Terminal 2), on 2 May 1986, the airport was renamed as Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA).
ATMs / Cash Machines – Available 24 hours in these locations: T3 International (Arrivals and Departures) • T3 Domestic (Arrivals and Domestic) • T1A • T1D • T1C
Car Rentals – Carzonrent India. Location: Terminal 3 International and Domestic Arrivals.
Children’s Play Area – Location: Airside.
Currency Exchange – Foreign exchange offices are located in these areas: T3 International (Arrivals and Departures) • T3 Domestic (Departures) • T1A • T1D • T1C
Food / Restaurants – There are 24 hour food and beverage concessions available at these locations:
»Landside: Foodies Bar (T3 Arrivals)
»Airside: Foodies Bar (T1C) • Foodies Bar (T1D)
Gaming – Amoeba offers a gaming area that is fun for the family. Locations: Terminal 3 International Arrivals and Domestic Arrivals.
Information Desk – info not available
Kid’s Zones – Children’s play areas are available Airside.
Luggage Storage / Lockers – Location: in the Airport Connect, Skywalk Level of Terminal 3. Rates: 70 rupees (small) • 100 rupees (medium) • 140 rupees (large)
Luggage Trolleys – At the time of this update it is not known if there is a fee to use the trolleys.
Prayer Room – Location: International Terminal, Airside
Showers – There are 12 showers available in the “Shower and Massage Lounge” mentioned above in the Airport Lounges section. Location: Hours: open 24 hours. If you are in transit, you can also use the Aqua Pods at the Eaton Smart Transit Hotel mentioned in the Airport Hotels section.
Smoking Rooms – There is a smoking area in Terminal 1D on the first floor near Food Street. A ventilated smoking room can also be found in their International Departures area after security (airside).
Spa – There are four spas in the airport: Ishana (Terminal International Departures) • O2 Spa (Terminal 1D) • O2 Spa (Terminal 3 Domestic Departures) • Eaton Smart Transit Hotel (Terminal 3, Airside, Level 5)
Internet – Free WiFi is available at the New Delhi Airport in Terminal 3 for 20 minutes. Connect to the “Aircel WiFi” network. You will need a mobile phone to receive a username and password.
Airport opening hours:
Open 24 hours
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