Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is set to kick off the fist phase of an ambitious expansion drive to meet rapid traffic growth that has already made it Asia’s seventh busiest. The airport’s operator, the GMR Group-led Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), started the process by appointing a design consultant and inviting expressions of interest for the expansion of Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 and construction of a new runway and taxiways.
DIAL expects the expansion, to start with Terminal 1, to be completed by 2021, taking the overall handling capacity of the airport to 85 million passengers per year from the current 70 million. That will be followed by Phase 2 of the expansion which includes construction of another brand new terminal. It’s expansion drive follows data released at the weekend by Airports Council International, the trade grouping of world airports, showing that Delhi, the country’s busiest airport by passenger traffic, grew 14.1% year on year to 63.45 million last year.