Indira Gandhi International Airport, also known as Delhi Airport or IGI Airport, serves as the main international airport of the National Capital Region of Delhi, India. It is also the busiest airport in the country. The airport is located in Palam, 15km (9.3 miles) southwest of the New Delhi railway station, and 16km (9.9 miles) from the New Delhi city centre. The airport was named after India’s former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.
Recently, Delhi Airport commenced operations at its new Terminal 3; and with this, the airport became India’s and South Asia’s largest aviation hub, handling over 46 million passengers. Together with Mumbai’s Chhatrapatri Shivaji International Airport, they handle more than half of the aircraft movements in South Asia. There are currently about 80 airlines that serve the Delhi Airport.
There are two active scheduled passenger terminals at the Delhi Airport (Terminals 1 and 3), as well as dedicated Hajj terminal and a cargo terminal. Terminal 1 is for domestic flights currently servicing GoAir, IndiGo, SpiceJet. Terminal 1C is used for domestic arrivals, while Terminal 1D is for domestic departures. Terminal 3 of the airport, used for both domestic and international flights, opened in 2010 and can handle up to 34 million passengers per year. The bottom floor of Terminal 3 serves as the arrivals area and the top floor is the departures area.
The Hajj terminal is a separate terminal used for the annual Muslim pilgrimage in order to prevent disruption of other passengers travelling to other areas in the world. In a year, the Hajj terminal can handle up to 10 million passengers.
The cargo terminal, located 1km (0.62 miles) from Terminal 3, handles all cargo operations. It is managed by Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management India Pvt. Ltd.
Services and Facilities
While waiting for your flight, Delhi Airport features facilities and offers services for your comfort and convenience. Inside the new Terminal 3, there are business centres and a shopping mall where you can avail of your necessities. Wireless internet is available in all terminals, as well as money exchange counters and ATM’s. Passengers with special needs are also well taken care of as they are provided wheelchairs and reserved parking slots, ramps, and bathrooms.
Need a place to stay near the airport? The airport itself has a 100-room transit hotel located inside Terminal 3. There are also five sleep cabins inside the international departures area. Most hotels near Delhi Airport are along National Highway 8 in Mahipalpur.