NEW DELHI: Wondering what to do with your time while waiting to board a flight from Indira Gandhi International Airport? Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has come up with a solution.
Passengers will now be able to enjoy the virtual experience of a roller coaster, an urban landscape, ice age and other scenic views through the “Virtual Reality Dome” set up inside the airport premises. The virtual reality apparatus has been set up in the domestic departures pier of Terminal-3 near gate 41 with shows ranging from 7 to 15 minutes based on the choice of a user, officials said.
“IGI Airport has been a hub of experiences. With the launch of the world’s first Virtual Reality Dome at the airport, we continue to provide an enhanced travel experience to our passengers. The launch of this digital travel platform has been done keeping all safety measures in place given the outbreak of the pandemic,” said DIAL CEO Videh Kumar Jaipuriar.
The virtual dome became operational last week and 80 passengers on average have been using the facility daily. The seats are sanitised after each user leaves the facility to prevent the next one from getting infected.
“Only eight people are allowed at a time to be seated inside the dome, which is about five metres in diameter, to ensure social distancing. Users also enter the dome with their shoes covered to prevent contamination by the novel coronavirus,” said a DIAL official.
The digital platform has been developed by a Hyderabad-based concessionaire. It integrates 360-degree virtual reality content for the global travel and tourism industry. Developed as a mini-planetarium, the semi-circular structure boasts of a curved screen that gives a life-size cinematic platform to provide real immersive end-to-end travel experiences to passengers, said an official.

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