New Delhi: The shifting of domestic flight
operations to the swanky new integrated Terminal 3 is likely
to be further delayed as the process may now begin only in the
last week of October or after Diwali.
"The domestic operations by the airlines is likely to
begin from Terminal 3 (T3) from last week of October or after
Diwali," official sources said after a meeting that Civil
Aviation Ministry officials had with airport operator Delhi
International Airport Limited (DIAL), airlines and other
stakeholders earlier this week.
The original plan was to shift the domestic flight
operations to T3 from July 30-31, which was not carried out
due to unfinished work.
A new date of August 27 was decided by them but the
ministry asked DIAL to keep the shifting in abeyance after
Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel paid a site visit to
review the preparedness.
On August 13, Patel along with Secretary Civil Aviation M
Madhavan Nambiar, Director General Civil Aviation S Nasim
Zaidi, Chairman Airports Authority of India V P Agarwal and
senior officials from Ministry of Civil Aviation, airlines
and DIAL, had reviewed DIAL`s preparedness for shifting of
The minister, after his visit and meeting with the
officials, decided to hold the shifting of operations in
abeyance and set mid-September as the date for another review
after which a decision was to be taken.
As per the schedule, three full service carriers -- Air
India, Jet Airways and Kingfisher -- were to shift their
operations from T1 and T1D to T3 along with their low cost
arms from July 30-31.
The terminal building has been facing acute shortage of
power supply that hinders the commencement of domestic
operations. Delhi Transco Ltd was to commission a 220 KVA
substation by July 31 but they expressed their inability to
make it functional before September last.
Sources said apart from these, the glass and steel
terminal was also facing a host of problems like failure of
server. Recently, the server failure hit the check-in and
other processes like CCTV operations badly.
Sources said that DIAL had put everything on single
server due to which such crashes happen. "Now they have made
almost half of their CCTV cameras inactive in order to keep
the server functioning."
Presently, the area which was to be used for domestic
flyers is being used as a gathering area for Commonwealth
Games delegates and athletes. From here, the guests are taken
to the bus for their destinations, sources said.