New Delhi: The swanky new integrated terminal
(T3) of the IGI airport will be "barrier free" and suit to the
requirements of passengers with "special needs or reduced
"The terminal itself is barrier free and passengers
flying out of Delhi need not change floors. The aerobridges at
T3 will facilitate an easy and safe wheel chair access to and
from the aircraft," a DIAL official said.
For a wheel-chaired passenger, embarking or disembarking
an aircraft will not be a tough task as T3 will provide them
easy assess to aircraft through 78 apron drive Passenger
Boarding Bridges (PBB) or aerobridges, he said.
An aerobridge is an enclosed and movable connector which
extends from an airport terminal gate to an airplane, allowing
passengers to board and disembark without having to go
Further, the departure drop-off area, check-in area,
security clearance and immigration zones along with the gate
hold areas have been laid on a single floor level.
As a result, there would be no obstruction to the flow
of passengers, the official said.
Sloped ramps, connecting the security hold area to
aerobridges, have been designed keep in mind the comfort of
passengers, including those with reduced mobility.
"Similarly, wheel-chaired passengers getting off the
aircraft could easily proceed to immigration and baggage claim
areas before exiting on to the taxi or bus boarding ramp,
which are all laid out on a single floor," he said.
The terminal will also contain specially marked drop off
points with tactile strips to guide passengers from the drop
off area to the terminal.
Apart from escalators and lifts, T3 will also have
travellators which will reduce commuting time from one place
to another inside the three-kilometre long terminal building.
T3 will have 78 aerobridges, the highest in its category
of airports in the world. Singapore`s Changi airport has only
Of these 78, 37 will be used for domestic arrivals and
and departures while 41 for international flights.
"Shinmaywa of Japan and ThyssenKrupp of Germany have been
commissioned to install a total of 78 PBBs at International
and Domestic Piers. Shinmaywa have installed, tested and
commissioned 21 PBBs -- 19 at Domestic pier and 2 at
International Pier. ThyssenKrupp have installed, tested and
commissioned 57 PBBs -- 18 at Domestic pier and 39 at
International Pier," the official said.
The aerobridges could easily be tilted or raised to suit
both large aircraft like Airbus A380 and smaller planes like
According to estimates, over 90 per cent of passengers at
T3 will be serviced through 78 aerobridges with one PBB having
a capacity to transport around 600 passengers per hour.
"For A-380, it can load 555 passengers in about 25
minutes if loaded continuously and efficiently considering top
deck as first or business class; 45 minutes is the normal
process considering real time inefficiencies," the DIAL