Delhi Airport Terminal 1 to restart operations from October 31, 2021

Over the last few years, there has been a lot of shuffling around the Delhi Airport. The usually smooth operations between Terminal 1 and 3 were split into 3 when the Delhi Airport expansion came up for discussion. As a recap, the airport operator ordered all the carriers to move 30% of their flight operations to Delhi Terminal 2 by October 2017. Subsequently, Delhi Airport, which had closed down Terminal 1 on March 25, 2020, when flights were halted across India due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has decided to resume operations there in light of the festive rush.

Terminal 1D Departure Gate Rush

Terminal 1D Departure

Delhi Airport Terminal 1 to Restart operations on October 31

Delhi Airport International Limited has announced that it will put terminal 1 back into operation on October 31, 2021, 0001 Hours. This is being done on account of the festive rush that they expect with Diwali around the corner. This might also be a pre-cursor to Delhi Airport being prepped up for international flights, assuming the deadline of October 31 for flight closure might be the last for now, and international operations might open after this date, sometime in November 2021. Mumbai Airport has also decided to re-open its Terminal 1 in October 2021, before the festive rush.

With the re-opening of the terminal, IndiGo and SpiceJet will move operations to Terminal 1, where they operated from pre-pandemic. The first flight will be operated by IndiGo and will depart for Mumbai on 01:05 AM.

As per information provided by the Delhi Airport, 6 self-service check-in machines will be provided at Delhi Terminal 1. The airport had already opened up Terminal 2 earlier this year, and GoAir and IndiGo use that terminal.

Mr Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO of the Delhi International Airport Limited, said,

Delhi Airport is all set to reopen for domestic flight operations at T1 after nearly 18 months of shutdown. With the resumption of the third terminal, Delhi Airport will be functional completely. We would like to assure passengers that at Delhi airport, they would be in a safe and healthy environment. We have implemented several measures at the airport to ensure passenger safety without compromising their comfort and experience. Our teams have worked round-the-clock to sanitize the vast terminal. DIAL will continue its awareness drive by educating and encouraging passengers to maintain social distance while at the airport.

So, now that Delhi Airport is going back to a three-terminal operation, I’m sure we will soon hear from airlines about how they will be moving operations across terminals.


Delhi Airport will put Delhi Terminal 1 back in operation as of October 31, 2021, 0001 Hours. IndiGo and SpiceJet will use this terminal. If you are flying out of Delhi, please check with the airline for the exact terminal your flight will operate out of.

Is anyone excited about having to fly through Delhi Airport Terminal 1 again?

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