Delhi Airport – Indira Gandhi International Airport – West Delhi – India – a closer look
Indira Gandhi International Airport : is the primary airport of the National Capital Region, located in West Delhi, India. Named after Indira Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of Great India, IGIA is the second busiest airport in India in terms of daily flight traffic and second busiest in term of passenger traffic in India after Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. With the commencement of operations at the new Terminal 3, Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport has become India's and South Asia's largest and most important aviation hub, with a current capacity of handling more than 46 million passengers and aimed at handling more than 100 million passengers by 2030. It along with Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, handles more than half of the air traffic in South Asia. The airport serves as the primary civilian aviation hub for the National Capital Region of India. The airport was previously operated by the Indian Air Force until its management was transferred to the Airport Authority of India. In May 2006, the management of the airport was passed over to Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), a joint venture led by the GMR Group, which also has the responsibility for the airport's ongoing expansion and modernisation.
In 2007, the airport handled 23 million passengers annually and the planned expansion program will increase its capacity to handle 100 million passengers by 2030. The new Terminal 3 building has had the capacity to handle an additional 34 million passengers annually since the start of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Indira Gandhi's Terminal 3 is the world's eighth largest passenger terminal. In September 2008, the airport inaugurated a 4.43 kilometre-long runway. Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) was conferred the fourth best airport award in the world (in the 15-25 million category) and 'Best Improved Airport' in the Asia Pacific Region by Airport Council International.
India's new ultra-modern, multi-billion-dollar airport terminal opens in New Delhi – a shiny glass and steel symbol of the country's aspirations as an emerging global power. The state-of-the-art hub can handle 34 million passengers a year. The terminal sprawls over four square kilometres and boasts 97 automated walkways and 78 aerobridges.
Visitors walk at the arrival lounge of the newly inaugurated Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3 in New Delhi.