IGI Airport Development Progress on Track
Delhi’s dream of having a world class airport will soon be a reality. The modernization of the Indira Gandhi International Airport being carried out by Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd (DIAL) is progressing at a fast pace. A senior govt. officials team comprising of Shri MM Nambiar, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Dr. Naseem Zaidi, Director General of Civil Aviation, senior officials of AAI, officials of Delhi Govt., National Highway Authority of India, PWD, Delhi Transco Limited and Delhi Jal Board visited the construction site of New Integrated Passenger Terminal Building (Terminal 3) to witness the progress of the project yesterday.
DIAL officials presented the development progress report to the team of senior govt. officials. The official’s team expressed their satisfaction over the progress of work. The infrastructure facilities of Terminal 3 (T3) will be ready by March 2010 after which the ORAT (Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer) trials will be carried out for three months. The Terminal will be ready for commercial operations in July 2010.
Shri Nambiar inaugurated the check-in counters, unveiled the customized boarding cards and also started the operation of 3 level baggage check-in conveyor which is the facility to be used for the first time in India. To assess the status of work, the official’s team visited the departure ramp, forecourt, 8 lane drop-off zone, meters & greeters area and retail area. The team also visited the Apron area and Taxiways for apprising themselves about the progress of work.
Shri Nambiar inaugurated the Passenger Boarding Bridge (Aerobridge) at T3 also which is equipped to handle an A380 aircraft. For an A380 aircraft, a single contact stand has 3 aerobridge ‘fingers’ designed specially keeping the A380’s size in mind. The A380 with its double deck configuration and large passenger loads requires special aerobridges to allow fast embarkation / disembarkation to passengers to reduce turnaround times. Such a facility is going to be used for the first time in India at T3.
The group took keen interest in the progress of development work and also enquired about the various technical aspects of the construction work. Shri Nambiar provided his insights and suggestions on passenger amenities and airside infrastructure.
Work on Terminal 3 is nearing completion at a fast pace. The Terminal is spread over an area of 5.2 million s.ft and will rival some of the best airports in the world. Most of the civil works have already been carried out for this integrated terminal which will handle both international and domestic arrivals and departures.
Construction of the boarding piers has been completed. These piers will house 48 contact stands. Out of these 48 contact stands, 3 stands are dedicated for use by A380 aircraft with 3 aerobridges. In addition, 6 more contact parking stands and 3 remote parking stands at T3 can be used to cater to the A380 or similar sized aircraft. It is estimated that over 90% of the passengers at T3 will be serviced through the 78 aerobridges. It is notable that T3 will be one of the airports that has provided the maximum number of aerobridges in the world for a single terminal of this size. The famous Changi Airport at Singapore has 64 aerobridges.
T3 will have more than 90 travelators (or automated passenger walkways) in addition to 63 elevators and 31 escalators. Eight of the travelators will be inclined, the first of their kind in India. Given the sheer size of the airport terminal building, such a facility is a necessity. The length of the travelators starts at 28 meters and go all the way up to 118 meters. The 118 – meter travelator, recently commissioned is the longest in Asia with energy efficient features of variable voltage frequency operation and automatic start or stop feature for power saving. Terminal 3 will also feature the largest Multi-Level Car Parking (MLCP) of India with a capacity to handle 4300 cars. A high-speed dedicated Metro rail link will connect the terminal to the City Centre.