NEW DELHI: With air travel gradually reviving, IGI Airport’s Terminal-2 will again become operational from October 1 to accommodate more domestic flights. Since the March-end lockdown, T3 is the only terminal being used at IGIA for all flights. Now with the domestic wing of T3 operating at capacity, Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) has decided to add flights from the next door T2. While reactivating T1 will require a much larger growth in traffic, its not-in-use status gives the airport operator a free hand for the ongoing expansion work there.
IndiGo will be operating some of its domestic flights from T2 beginning next month. The airline website says: “Flight numbers 6E 2000- 6E 2999 will operate from Terminal 2, Delhi, starting October 1, 2020. Please ensure you check your flight number and terminal before leaving for the airport.”
GoAir, meanwhile, said in a tweet: “Effective October 1, 2020, all domestic flights to and from Delhi will arrive and depart from Terminal 2. Please ensure you check your terminal information prior to travel.” Comments from DIAL were sought on which all flights will operate from Terminal 2 from next month and awaited till the time of going to press.
In pre-pandemic days, IGIA saw international flights operate from T3 while all the three terminals — T1, 2 & 3 — handled domestic flights of different airlines. In March-end, scheduled flights were suspended and only Terminal 3 was kept operational. While international schedule flights remain suspended, foreign travel is happening under Vande Bharat Mission and the air bubble arrangement India has worked out with several countries like the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany and France.
This May-end, scheduled domestic flights were allowed to resume and at IGIA those were being handled at the domestic wing of T3. “Domestic air traffic has been growing every month since resumption of operations in May-end. Currently about half of the originally approved domestic summer schedule is operational. T3 domestic side was getting full and reactivating T2 to accommodate more flights was required,” said an airline official.
In pre-Covid times, IGIA used to handle more than a flight-a-minute with almost 1,500 daily aircraft movement. In the pandemic times, the number fell to a handful of cargo and international repatriation flights daily. Once regular domestic flights were allowed in May-end, the number kept rising. Currently, the airport handles over 300 arrivals and as many departures daily apart from about 50 defence, VIP and charter aircraft.
“Since last week, Indira Gandhi International Airport is seeing 650 daily flights, of which about 75 are international operating under Vande Bharat Mission,” said a senior ATC official. From next month, there may be an increase in international flights operating under air bubbles too.



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