‘Proving Flights’ And ‘Transition Plan’ Of T3, IGI Airport, New Delhi
Following the successful inauguration of Terminal 3 (T3) on July 3, 2010, Delhi International Airport P. Ltd. (DIAL) is pleased to announce a series of ‘proving flights’ at T3 of IGI Airport.

‘Terminal Process Proving Flights’ are meant to reaffirm the operational readiness affording an opportunity to all stakeholders including Airlines, Ground Handlers, Aviation Oil Companies, Flight Caterers, Air Traffic Control (ATC), Concessionaires, Duty Free Shops, Airport Operator, Statutory Agencies like Immigration, Customs, CISF etc. to carry out their functions in the complete turnaround of an actual flight.

Hitherto DIAL had been carrying out extensive trial of various systems and facilities using mock passengers with dummy baggage. To date, Airport stakeholders have been actively involved in 13 basic trials, 33 advanced trials and 10 Air taxi simulation trials which have enabled simulation involving 50,000 mock passengers and 80,000 bags. However, this was purely a simulation of the processes whereas the ‘proving flights’ will enable all the stakeholders to perform their functions in actual operations with real passengers.

Given the size and scale of T3, DIAL has carefully analyzed the commissioning outcome through extensive trials and also the experience of many other new Terminals across the globe. This exercise will enable the Airport to mitigate probable initial glitches and pave the way for a seamless transition to full scale international operations.

The details of ‘Terminal Process Proving Flights’ scheduled for 14th July, 2010 are as follows :

‘PROVING FLIGHTS – 14 JULY 2010’

DIAL is also pleased to announce India’s first ever ‘proving’ scheduled Airbus A-380 flight with actual passengers on board on 15th July, 2010 that will be landing on the Country’s longest and A-380 compatible Runway as per details below :

AIRBUS A-380 flight from Terminal 3 on 15 JULY 2010

Flight No. & Date Route SCHEDULED TIME OF ARRIVAL (STA) SCHEDULED TIME OF DEPARTURE (STD) REMARKS
EMIRATES – EK516 / 15 JUL DUBAI – DELHI 1450 HRS. N.A. MEETERS & GREETERS TO CALL AT T3
EMIRATES – EK517 / 15 JUL DELHI – DUBAI N.A. 1750 HRS. CHECK-IN AT T3

DIAL is committed to ensure hassle-free transition to T-3 and the ‘proving flights’ will enable all stakeholders to make a smooth and confident transition for commercial operations of INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS to commence on 28th July, 2010.

The DOMESTIC AIRLINES of Air India, Jet Airways, Jetlite, Jet Konnect, King Fisher and King Fisher Red will shift to T3 on 27th August, 2010.

Terminal 3: Terminal 3 is a state of the art integrated passenger terminal featuring modern facilities to make passengers’ transit smoother and safer than ever before. Some of the key features include:

  • Common Check-in concourse with 5 level in-line baggage systems for faster processing
  • 95 immigration counters for international passengers
  • 14 baggage reclaim belts
  • 168 check-in counters
  • 97 automatic travelators
  • 78 passenger boarding bridges – among the highest for a single terminal in the world
  • Extensive retail, food and beverage outlets to suit every taste and budget
  • Direct connectivity to city centre via dedicated Metro Express line – a first in the country
  • Multi-level car park for more than 4300 cars directly connected to the terminal
  • 100 room transit hotel for passengers

DIAL: Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd (DIAL) is a joint venture company; comprising the Bangalore headquartered global Infrastructure major GMR Group with a significant pan-India and International presence, Airports Authority of India, Fraport and Malaysian Airport. DIAL is working towards the modernization and restructuring of the Delhi Airport. The project being developed by DIAL under Public Private Partnership has been given the mandate to finance, design, build, operate and maintain the Delhi Airport for 30 years with an option to extend it by another 30 years.