IndiGo to decide which all domestic flights to shift at Delhi airport within 10 days
New Delhi: Ending the over year-long imbroglio, low cost carrier IndiGo, on 24 Jan 2018 Saturday said it will move some of its domestic flights from Delhi Airport’s terminal 1 to T2. The Supreme Court had on Friday refused to grant relief to IndiGo in Delhi Airport’s decision on shifting flights.
“IndiGo deferentially accepts the decision of the apex court and shall implement the order in the coming weeks, in close coordination with Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL),” IndiGo said in a statement. An airport official said IndiGo will submit a proposal by March 3 and then DIAL will respond to the same by March 13. As per the SC Friday order, shifting of flights should happen within 24 days.
IGI Airport’s T1 has to be decongested so that its expansion work can begin. GoAir (which has only domestic operations) had already shifted all its Delhi flights to T2 last October. DIAL wanted to shift IndiGo and SpiceJet flights between Delhi and Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru from T2 only. Now which all flights are shifted remains to be seen.
T1 has a capacity of handling 2 crore passengers annually but is expected to handle 2.6 crore flyers the financial year ending March 31, 2018, explaining the serious overcrowding here in peak hours. DIAL plans to expand its capacity to 4 crore passengers per annum by 2020-21 but the work, it says, can begin only after one-third flights move out of T1. The expanded T1 will have 22 aerobridges apart from 15 boarding gates from where flyers will take buses to planes.
Now with airlines agreeing to shift, the much-delayed expansion work of IGIA may finally begin.
The IndiGo statement issued Saturday said: “By its order dated February 23, 2018, the Supreme Court of India has declined to interfere with the judgment of the Division Bench of the Delhi High Court, which upheld the decision of DIAL to shift one-third of IndiGo’s operations from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 of IGI Airport, New Delhi.”