To tackle the problem of mad rush at the Delhi airport, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has decided to shift its one-third operations from T1 to the newly renovated terminal T2. October onwards, domestic travellers will have to recheck their terminals as domestic flights will operate from all the three terminals- T1, T2 and T3. Terminals T1 and T2 are seven kilometers apart, which might increase the chance of last minute rush. Though, it is still not decided as how 30% of domestic operations will be shifted to T2.
There are currently two operational terminals in Delhi airport – T1 and T3. T1 with a capacity to hold 20 million passengers is currently handling 24 million passengers per annum. T3 is also congested due to the increase in the number of flights. DIAL has asked the low-cost carriers (LCC) to give the details of the flights they want to shift to T2 by August 31. Also, a strong worded letter by the civil aviation ministry has told airlines that if they fail to decide, they will be forced to shift out from T1. Yet there is no clarity on which airlines will operate from T1 and T2.
After the renovation work of T1 is completed, flight operations from T2 are likely to shift back to T1.