Terminal 3 of IGI becomes fully operational
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 22:29
  
New Delhi: The swanky new integrated Terminal 3 (T3) of the IGI airport here became fully operational today as all the airlines shifted their international operations there from the old Terminal 2.

Though Air India's flight from New York (AI-102) was supposed to be the first to dock at T3, but it was delayed by about 30 minutes and the airline's flight (AI-307) from Tokyo became the first to arrive at the new terminal.

"AI-102 from JFK New York was scheduled to arrive at 4.45 pm but it was delayed en-route and finally landed at 5.14 pm. Meanwhile, Air India's flight from Tokyo (AI-307) arrived at 4.50 pm and docked at T3," an airline official said.

Passengers were briefed about the new terminal, regarding immigration, baggage recovery and other areas about T3 by the cabin crew, he said, adding on their arrival, they were welcomed.

Arriving and departing passengers were happy with the scale and grandeur of the terminal and said, "It gives us a feeling of pride. Now we feel that we are leaving or arriving at India's capital."

According to sources, operations at the airport like baggage handling, immigration and customs were working smoothly.

There were disappointment for the arriving passengers who had planned to shop from Duty Free, as the shop at arrival level were not ready while that at the departure had only the liquor counters.

"The sections dealing with ladies items and others were not operational at the departure level also," sources at the airport said.

The domestic operations would begin from August 27, when three full-service carriers -- Air India, Jet Airways and Kingfisher -- along with their low cost arms JetLite and Kingfisher Red shift their operations from T1 and T1D to T3.

Despite airport operator Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) putting up signages and deploying people to assist the passengers about the shifting of operations from T2 to T3, many claimed that they went to T2 to catch their flights, as they were not aware about the development.

The construction as well as finishing work at T3 is yet to be over, as one could see many works going on at the terminal building at various levels.

The opening of terminal also saw protests from the drivers of black and yellow taxis. The drivers alleged that DIAL had not put adequate number of pre-paid booths inside as well as outside the terminal building.

"We had six counters at old terminal 2, but here DIAL had put just one, that too, inside the building. Once a passenger is out, he could not enter again to get a pre-paid slip. How will the taxi drivers survive?", said Virendra Kumar, General Secretary of Delhi Airport Taxi Union.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 22:29


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