Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), on Thursday announced the launch of India’s first exclusive General Aviation Terminal facility for private jets at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA).
The facility has been inaugurated by Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Civil Aviation, in presence of GBS Raju, Business Chairman, GMR Airports (India) and Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO-DIAL.
Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Civil Aviation said, “India’s civil aviation sector is on a steady growth trajectory. The sector is all set to emerge stronger in a post-COVID world as more routes are opening up and number of passengers are growing. We expect a bulk of pre-COVID-19 domestic air passengers’ traffic to be back by Diwali this year, and General Aviation will have a significant contribution to it. The new General Aviation terminal at Delhi Airport is the need of the hour which would significantly support this growth.”
The General Aviation Terminal has been built to support the movement and processing of passengers flying through chartered flights from IGI airport.
The terminal has been set up in compliance with safety and precautionary measures implemented in view of COVID-19 pandemic. This new facility offers exclusive city side car parking and convenient access towards the city. The terminal is ready to cater to 150 private jet movements on daily basis, including Code C type aircraft.
Commenting on the development, GBS Raju, Business Chairman, GMR Airports (India) said, “This exclusive General Aviation Terminal is a great addition to DIAL’s passenger experience. DIAL acknowledges the tremendous efforts put in by the construction teams to deliver this unique project, despite many challenges faced due to COVID-19 crisis. This terminal will serve as an iconic gateway to India for business and leisure travellers and it signifies our recognition of the positive economic impact the general aviation industry has on this community. This terminal will cater to the growing passenger traffic when the aviation sector lands back to pre-COVID times and make their travel experience more convenient and comfortable.”
With modern architecture, this new terminal houses spacious passenger lounges, retail and F&B sections, 24×7 personal concierge services, common processing area with Customs and Immigrations and immediate access to private jet aircraft stands from the Terminal. The Terminal can handle over 50 passengers every hour.
Facilities for crew members and staff, such as restroom and briefing area, will also be available in this new Terminal. Besides, it will have an access control system, Wi-Fi enabled services, IT system integrated with overall IGIA platform, perimeter security control system, etc. to provide a rich and personalised experience to the passengers.