Delhi airport to eventually open up for passenger operations; T-1 , T-2 may temporarily shut-down

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IANS

New Delhi

As it awaits clear health safety guidelines from the Centre, the  national capitals IGI Airport is preparing Terminal-3 to eventually open up for full fledged flight  operations.

Accordingly, DIAL, which manages and operates IGIA may temporarily shut-down Terminal-2  and the T-1D.

 “DIAL is assessing the quantum of domestic demand along with the Airlines, once the  suspension of operations is lifted,” DIAL’s Chief Executive Videh Kumar Jaipuriar told IANS.

“Various options, including the potential of consolidating terminal operations, are being  evaluated depending on the airline requirements as well as government notifications that maybe  issued for time to
time.”

 At present, T2 is exclusively being used by budget airlines such as SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir.

On the other hand, construction work was getting underway at T1 to further develop the  terminal into an integrated domestic cum international gateway.

“Even during the ongoing suspension of commercial operations due to the lockdown, Delhi  Airport continues to handle 25-30 operations per day – primarily cargo and evacuation flights.

Also, as of now, there are no immediate plans to defer any ongoing expansion works,” Jaipuriar  said.

 Meanwhile, the firm has initiated various steps to prepare the terminals buildings and internal  layout for the eventual restart of operations.

According to the company, it plans to encourage compliance of social distancing norms at the  airport by deploying additional queue managers at kerb side (city side), check-in halls, security  check areas and boarding gates, with social distancing markers.

Besides, the airport will provide additional seating arrangements for passengers near the check-in  counters, security areas and near immigration desks.

Furthermore, in order to avoid close contact and crowding at the counters, passengers will be  encouraged to check-in at home or use self-service facilities such as self check-in facility, self bag  tag facility, scan and fly.

Apart from these, DIAL will also have facilities to isolate suspected Covid-19 passengers at the  airport in accordance to government direction.

Lately, the airport has emerged as a vital tool in the country’s efforts to restock key medical  supplies across the country and to repatriate foreigners.

The national lockdown which has been deemed necessary to curb the spread of Covid-19, has  dealt a heavy blow to its operations and revenues.

Nevertheless, IGI Airport has been a busy place, as employees are unhindered to make the key  infrastructure facility functional, thereby, allowing repatriation of stranded passengers and to connect India with the global supply chains via cargo ops.

 Currently, commercial domestic and international flights are banned since March 25, 2020.

 On Thursday, Centre designated the airport as a major hub for “Import and Distribution” of  Covid-19 related medical essentials.

 So far over 20 lakh pieces of face masks, 2 lakh bottles of sanitizers, 70,000 body suits, 1.5 lakh  PPE kits and 50,000 other medical equipment have been channelized across India through Delhi  Airport.

 The airport is a hub of major domestic airlines such as Air India, IndiGo, Vistara and SpiceJet.