IGI Airport terminal change creating chaos? Here's what you need to know

The reopening of Terminal 2 of the IGI Airport is a ray of hope for the crumbling aviation sector and definitely a clear sign of revival

IGI Airport terminal change creating chaos? Here's what you need to know
IndiGo's first flight that landed at IGIA T2 after service at the terminal resumed. Image courtesy: Twitter/@DelhiAirport

If you are taking domestic flights from Delhi, double check your flight terminal to avoid any last-minute chaos. From October 1, 2020, a majority of domestic flights operated by IndiGo and GoAir will operate from Terminal 2 (T2) of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, which was closed since the March-end lockdown.

The reopening of Terminal 2 is a ray of hope for the crumbling aviation sector and definitely, a clear sign of revival as the terminal is being made operational to meet the rising flight operations and passengers. After the breakout of Covid-19, only Terminal 3 (T3) was being used, which was managing domestic operations and international flights under the Vande Bharat Mission and air bubble arrangement.

But after four months of reopening operations at T3, the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has decided to accommodate domestic operations from T2 as well since T3 was operating at its full capacity. The decision was taken to accommodate passengers in accordance with social distancing norms.

Starting 1st October, Terminal 2, #DelhiAirport will serve selected @IndiGo6E domestic flights (from flight number 2000 to 2999) and all @goairlinesindia domestic flights. pic.twitter.com/Aa9l4lqVSY

— Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) September 29, 2020

Who will operate from T2

A majority of domestic operations of IndiGo and GoAir will shift to T2 from October 1. According to the plan, GoAir will completely operate from T2, while IndiGo will manage 105 flights from here. IndiGo will operate all its flights with call signs between 6E2000 and 6E2999 from the T2 terminal.

According to a DIAL official, in the beginning, 96 air traffic movements (48 departures and 48 arrivals) per day will happen from T2. However, it will be taken to 180 by the end of October.

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The official also said that an adequate number of counters have been created for both the airlines. IndiGo will cater to 20 destinations from T2, including Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bhubaneswar, Bhopal, Bengaluru, Cochin, Guwahati, Indore, Jammu, Lucknow, Chennai, Patna, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram and Visakhapatnam.

“Flight numbers 6E2000-6E2999 will operate from Terminal 2, Delhi, starting October 1, 2020. Please ensure you check your flight number and terminal before leaving for the airport,” IndiGo said on its website.

Terminal 2 is back in action! Watch the glimpses of the first flight that landed at T2, @IndiGo6E 6E-2487, BLR to DEL. A warm welcome was given to the passengers by the airport and the airline staff, who are continuously making sure all safety protocols are being adhered to. pic.twitter.com/WfmFcXF0qd

— Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) September 30, 2020

GoAir, meanwhile, said in a tweet: “Effective October 1, 2020, all domestic flights to and from Delhi will arrive and depart from Terminal 2. Please ensure you check your terminal information prior to travel.”

Important announcement for all GoAir passengers - effective 1st October 2020, all domestic flights to and from #Delhi will arrive and depart from Terminal 2. Please ensure you check your terminal information prior to travel. pic.twitter.com/OWnFk1LggU

— GoAir (@goairlinesindia) September 26, 2020

Revival and survival plan

After remaining shut for about two months, India resumed its domestic flights from May 25 in a graded manner. Scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain suspended but the number of both the domestic flights and passengers are steadily increasing.

Domestic air traffic has been growing every month. Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted on September 25 that there had already been more than one crore passengers and over one lakh flights operated since the resumption of domestic operations. According to the latest figures, there were 1,338 domestic flight departures on September 29 carrying 1,18,861 passengers. Also 1,335 flights arrived with 1,18,771 passengers.

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IGI Airport still has Terminal 1 to manage more passengers. The terminal is currently not in use. However, the temporary closure has given DIAL the opportunity to complete the ongoing upgrade there.

In the pre-pandemic days, IGI Airport saw international flights operating from T3 while all the three terminals — T1, T2 and T3 — handled domestic flights of different airlines.

The official told Plane Vanilla that over 600 flights are operating now from the IGIA Airport. It was close to 1,500 daily flights during the pre-Covid times. With each passing day, traffic is going to see a surge as more international flights will join under the air bubble programme. The government estimates that the domestic passenger traffic will reach half of the pre-Covid numbers by Diwali.