Delhi International Airport Limited ( 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, Fraport AG is the airport operator and Eraman Malaysia is the retail
The concession to operate, manage and develop the IGI Airport was awarded to the
consortium in January 2006, following an International competitive bidding
process. DIAL entered into Operations, Management and Development Agreement
(OMDA) on April 4, 2006 with the AAI. The initial term of the concession is for
30 years extendable for another 30 years.
Besides upgrading the existing terminals, DIAL has already commissioned a new
runway 11-29 at IGI Airport on September 25, 2008. It also inaugurated the new
domestic departure terminal 1D (T1D) on 26th February, 2009. T1D increased the
capacity of domestic departures to 10 million passengers per annum. The airport
will be further developed with the increase in passenger demand adding more
terminals and runways in a modular manner forming a U shaped complex. The
ultimate design shall have the capacity to handle 100 million passengers per
The new terminal has a modern 4 level in-line baggage handling system to
eliminate baggage, X-ray prior to check in, spacious security hold area with
extensive F&B and retail facilities, special contact zone for passengers with
special needs and baggage handling area on a separate level allowing greater
space for passenger amenities.
In March 2010, DIAL has completed the construction of integrated passenger
terminal (Terminal 3). The first phase of the airport design is capable of
handling 60 million passengers per annum (mppa).
DIAL has won the 2nd Best Airport award in the 25-40 million passengers per
annum category in the Airport Service Quality Awards ceremony by the Airports
Council International, 2012; the SKYTRAX award for the World’s Most Improved
Airport-2012; and the No.1 Airport in India Award for Operation, Management &
Development of the new integrated passenger terminal building T3 at the
Infrastructure Excellence Awards 2012.
DIAL is also the first airport in India to be awarded the Leadership Energy and
Environment Design (LEED) ‘Gold’ rating.
Salient Features of Master Plan - Phase I
- Advanced 5 level in-line baggage handling system with explosives detection technology for greater efficiency and security.
- Terminal 3 has state-of-the-art complex featuring Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE)
- The arrival hall features both standard and wide-body baggage reclaims belts
- Two tier terminal building featuring the departure complex on the upper level and the arrivals at the lower level.
- New terminal can be accessed by a 6 lane approach road and a dedicated high speed Metro line from the city centre.
- Third runway is amongst the longest in Asia with capacity to handle an A380-size aircraft.
- Access to the aircraft from the terminal is provided by 4 piers.
- For International passengers more than 95 desks for fast and smooth immigration procedures.
- The roof of the building has stylized incisions to allow daylight and angled to protect the interior from direct sunlight creating an ambience maximizing the sense of volume, space and light inside.
- Optimal use of natural light in day time reduces dependence on artificial light
- 78 aerobridges
- Over 168 counter in the check-in area to speed up check-in and security clearances unobtrusively.