The Terminal-2 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport will resume flight operations from October 1 to accommodate more domestic flights. An official of the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said the terminal is gearing up to provide a safe and healthy environment to passengers flying out of the airport.
Only Terminal-3 was operational since the March-end lockdown when flights in India were curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Domestic travel was allowed to start in phases from May 25. However, all flights to and from Delhi were operating from Terminal-3 which is usually reserved for international flights.
With the continuation of flight operations at Terminal-2 (T2), the airport will now manage 96 flights (48 departures and 48 arrivals) on a daily basis and the numbers will gradually increase up to 180 by the end of October. The terminal will resume operations with IndiGo’s 2000 series flights (6E 2000 – 6E 2999) and all operations of GoAir in the initial phase.
According to DIAL, the first flight scheduled from T-2 after reopening will be of Srinagar-bound Indigo aircraft that will depart at 6.25 am. In the next phase, from October 8, 12 more destinations, including Mumbai, Kolkata, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Goa, Hyderabad, Madurai, Jaipur, and Nagpur, will begin operating from the same terminal.
Announcing the dates, an airport official said measures like adequate seating arrangements with social distancing markings, sanitisation of high contact surfaces, and contact-less retail outlets have been made to ensure the safety of passengers. However, the medical evacuation flights and special flights permitted by the aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have been allowed to operate.