Operations at Delhi’s new airport terminal delayed

April 2nd, 2009 - 9:20 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Starting of operations at the new Rs.500-crore domestic terminal (1D) at Delhi airport will be delayed as the developer wants its post-operational problems “at minimal”.
“There will be initial problems. But if you prepare very well, the problems will be minimal,” Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) chief executive B.S. Shantharaju told reporters Thursday.

“During the first month, there will be issues but we have to ensure that there is no major disaster,” Shantharaju added.

The gleaming 1D terminal, which was inaugurated by Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel Feb 26, was to have formally started operations from this week.

According to Shantharaju, DIAL has commenced trials to ensure smooth transit for passengers when the terminal starts operating.

“More than 30 trial sessions have been carried out at terminal 1D over four months. Staff from all areas of operations have been exposed to the new working environment, baggage handling, IT systems and the processes required for day to day operations,” he said.

Shantharaju said carriers, which currently operate from the old 1B terminal, would be shifted to 1D in two phases. “The first phase will be complete by April 26,” he said.

However, Air India will continue functioning from 1A, along with Jagson and MDLR Airlines.

And next year, Air India, along with Kingfisher Airlines and Jet Airways, will operate from the upcoming T3 integrated terminal, while other airlines - all low-cost carriers - will continue operating from 1D.

The 1D terminal will be able to handle at least 10 million passengers a year and will have 72 check-in counters, as against 32 at 1B.

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