Delhi Airport plans expansion, to increase annual passenger capacity to 100 million by 2022

[] The Delhi Airport is planning a major infrastructure expansion, to increase its annual passenger handling capacity from around 66 million to 100 million by 2022, according to an official statement

The Delhi Airport’s ‘Phase 3A’ infrastructure expansion – which includes the construction of a fourth runway, expansion of T1 apron area and development of a dual elevated eastern cross taxiway – would be completed by June 2022, the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said, in the statement. “These works, upon completion, would not only increase the passenger handling capacity of the Delhi Airport to 100 million passengers per annum (MPPA) in the next three years but also enhance the airside capacity to handle 140 MPPA,” the DIAL said, on August 5, 2019. This means that if required, in the future, the Delhi Airport would be able to handle 140 MPPA.

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A total of Rs 9,800 crores would be the capital expenditure, for the Phase 3A expansion plan, said I Prabhakara Rao, deputy managing director, GMR Group. The GMR Group has a 54% stake in DIAL. The DIAL stated that L&T has been entrusted with the entire engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) works of Phase 3A. “The works (under Phase 3A) have begun on all fronts,” it added.

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The DIAL said under the proposed plan, the entire T1 apron would be demolished and a new and expanded apron would be constructed to provide a higher capacity layout with 82 stands. “The new T1 apron, apart from having an increased number of stands, would be equipped with the latest technological upgrades, including visual docking guidance system, fuel hydrant system, ground power units, pre-conditioned air,” it added. Under Phase 3A, a flyover would be constructed at the Aerocity metro station junction, to reduce travel time from T1 terminal to T3 terminal.

Environment panel okays Delhi Airport’s Rs 16,000-crore expansion

An expert committee of the environment ministry has given its clearance to the Rs 16,000-crore expansion of New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport

September 6, 2017: The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC), under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF), has given the environmental nod for the expansion of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in New Delhi. The expansion project, to be carried out by its operator GMR Group, includes up-gradation, development and construction of facilities, to achieve airport capacity to handle about 109 million passengers per annum (MPPA) and about 2.2 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of cargo by 2034.

The overall airport infrastructure currently has the capacity to handle about 62 MPPA and cargo handling capacity of about 1.5 MTPA. The airport is the busiest in the country. It handled 57.7 million passengers and more than 8.57 lakh tonnes of cargo in 2016-17. “The EAC, on being satisfied with the submissions of the project proponent, recommended the project for grant of environmental clearance and stipulated specific conditions, along with other environmental conditions, while considering the accord of environmental clearance,” the committee said in the minutes of a meeting held in August 2017.

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The total number of passengers at IGIA, a sum of domestic and international flyers, is forecast to grow at an average of 5.6 per cent annually, reaching about 109.3 MPPA in 2033-34 from the current levels. As the existing facilities are inadequate to cater to the handling of increased volume of aircrafts, passengers and cargo, hence, it is evidently important that the airport capacity needs expansion, GMR said, in its request for environmental clearance.

The proposed development of IGIA includes expansion of existing terminals (T1, T2 and T3), construction of a new terminal (T4), cargo terminals and cargo city/village and the development of a new runway and taxiway, among others. “The total estimated project cost for the expansion is Rs 16,000 crores and Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) is spending on an average about Rs 1 crore per annum, towards pollution control and treatment,” the panel said.

Expansion activities are being implemented in three phases – Phase-3A (2016-2020), Phase-3B (2021-2025) and Phase-4 (2026-2034), the EAC said. The expansion will be done within the existing airport land and is interlinked with the current infrastructure. There will be no additional land acquisition as part of the expansion. The land under the existing airport is 5,106 acres, the committee said.

DIAL is a joint venture, formed as a consortium between GMR Group (54%), Airports Authority of India (26%) and Fraport AG & Eraman Malaysia (10% each). GMR is the lead member of the consortium.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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