Over the last couple of 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.
Pre-pandemic, GoAir Delhi originating flights had moved to Terminal 2. IndiGo and SpiceJet also moved part of their operations to Terminal 2. Subsequently, in September 2019, SpiceJet, on the other hand, moved their entire operation to Terminal 3 from Terminal 2. During the Pandemic, all airlines were required to operate from Terminal 3, as operations were limited and it helped to have airlines in one place and keep operational costs low for the airport.
With the Terminal 2 of Delhi Airport expansion plans now completed, Delhi Airport has decided that IndiGo and GoAir will have to shuffle around their operations. The airlines will shift their operations on the night of September 30/October 1, 2020. The original timeline of completing the upgrade of Terminal 2 was six months but got extended due to the CoVid-19 situation.
IndiGo’s flight numbers 6E 2000- 6E 2999 will operate from Terminal 2, Delhi, starting October 1, 2020. To see if your flight is impacted, head here.
GoAir has also announced that it is moving all its domestic flight operations back to Delhi Terminal 2.
Important announcement for all GoAir passengers – effective 1st October 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. pic.twitter.com/OWnFk1LggU
— GoAir (@goairlinesindia) September 26, 2020
Terminal T2 has been enhanced to 18 million passengers annually after the expansion project
In a nutshell, DIAL’s plan is to merge Terminal 1D and Terminal 1C into a single Terminal 2 and bring back the flights from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1. They will then demolish T2 to raise Terminal 4 in its place. You can read all about the details here for the Delhi Airport expansion masterplan.
This would be very irritating for passenger again as well as the airlines to come up with a reorganisation. This especially is in wake of the fact that there is no through transfer for the bags offered by the no-frill airlines as my in-laws learnt the hard way. So, passengers who are bouncing around flights which are connections, but at different terminals, have to actually collect their bags and take it with them on the bus to the new terminal and check it in again. They definitely could have made it simpler from the Passenger Experience perspective.
What do you make about the new changes of flights at Delhi Terminal 3 to Terminal 2?
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