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Terminal 3 IG Airport, Delhi- A construction Marvel


courtesy:Official Website of IG Airport

  • Delhi International Airport Terminal 3 (T3), a state-of-the-art and integrated terminal, is the world's eighth largest passenger terminal. It occupies 502,000 m2; (5.4 million sq ft), with a capacity to handle 34 million passengers annually.


  • T3 has India's first automated parking management guidance system in a multi level car park, which comprises 7 levels and a capacity of 4300 cars. The system is designed in such a way that a person wishing to park can find space within 5 minutes with the help of an electronic dynamic signage.


  • T3 is a two-tier building, with the bottom floor being the arrivals area, and the top being a departures area. This terminal has 168 check-in counters, 78 aerobridges at 48 contact stands, 30 parking bays, 72 immigration counters, 15 X-ray screening areas, for less waiting times, duty-free shops, and other features.


  • The first impression is the sheer vastness of the building. But, it is possible to walk through without getting tired thanks to the travelators. This will be the first time in India that domestic and international passengers alike will walk in one stream till check-in. Only then will their paths diverge with international passengers heading for immigration and domestic passengers heading for the security check.


  • The terminal has walkways lined with greenery, walls adorned with art based on the theme of India and brightly-lit corridors. Add to that a multi-level parking lot, equipped with elevators and corridors that connect to the main terminal building, taking passengers directly to their various entry gates.


  • With 168 check-in counters and an in-line baggage check system, the check-in process will be a breeze. The new baggage check system does away with separate x-raying of baggage, passengers are not likely to take more than five to 10 minutes to clear the process, claim Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd (DIAL) officials.


  • International passengers will also have the luxury of a sports bar, an initiative by Delhi Daredevils. Slated to be ready by the time the terminal becomes operational, the bar will offer passengers the luxury of sipping on their favourite drink while watching live matches and highlights before boarding their flights.


  • The new terminal has a modern 4 level in-line baggage handling system to eliminate baggage X-ray prior to check in, spacious security hold area with extensive retail facilities, special contact zone for passengers with special needs and baggage handling area on a separate level allowing greater space for passenger amenities.


  • 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 terminal was officially inaugurated on July 3, 2010, and there were nine flights to test the operational readiness of the new terminal and its ground handling capabilities. All International Airlines shifted their operations to the new terminal in late July, and all full service domestic carriers will move in late August.


  • The old Palam terminal is now known as Terminal 1 and handles all domestic flights.


  • There is also a separate Technical Area for VVIP passengers. Additionally there is a separate terminal for Hajj flights.


  • In January 2006, the consortium DIAL consisting of GMR Group, Airports Authority of India, and Frapor and Eraman of Malaysia, was entrusted with the work develop and operate the IGI Airport. In June 2010, DIAL has completed the construction of integrated passenger terminal (Terminal 3)


  • Besides upgrading the existing terminals, DIAL has already commissioned a new runway 11-29 at IGI Airport on September 25, 2008. It has also inaugurated the new domestic departure terminal 1D on 26th February, 2009.

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