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Indira Gandhi International Airport
Submitted by Haresh Khemani on Thu, 24/08/2006 - 23:49

One of the biggest airports for international and domestic airways is Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, located in the city of Delhi. The airport has been named after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru.

The airport was earlier known as Palam airport. With the inauguration new international building (Terminal 2) on May 2, 1986, the airport was renamed IGI airport. The older Palam airport (Terminal 1) is exclusively used for domestic operations. For the use of VVIP movements there is also a separate Technical Area

The rated capacity of IGI airport's domestic area is said to be 8.4 million passengers per annum whereas the actual throughput last year was 10.5 million, an excess of 25%. The airport handled around 13 million passengers in 2005.

Delhi Airport has two non-parallel runways: the main runway 10-28 (12,500 ft) and an auxiliary runway 09-27 (9,229 ft). Runway 10-28 is one of the few runways in Asia equipped with CAT III-B Instrument Landing System. On 31 March 2006, IGI became the first Indian airport to operate two runways simultaneously following a test run involving a SpiceJet plane landing and a Jet Airways plane taking off at the same time.

As there is an Indian Air Force Base (Hindon) in the flight path of Delhi airport it is necessary for civilian aircraft to make a 5 minute detour to avoid over-flying the military facility

IGI Airport is the home of several Indian airlines including Air Sahara, SpiceJet, Alliance Air and IndiGo Airlines. Air India, Indian Airlines and Jet Airways use IGI Airport as their second hub after Mumbai's Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport. The airport is also a major base for various other Indian air carriers including Kingfisher Airlines, Go Air, Air Deccan and Air Sahara.

The International Terminal (Terminal II) has 35 airlines flying to major cities across the world. Terminal 1 serves domestic air carriers linking New Delhi with the rest of India. It has three terminals - Terminal 1A & Terminal 1B and Domestic Arrival terminal. The road distance between the two terminals is eight kilometers.

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Guest wrote how far is internation airport from delhi railway station at 09:11:41 AM on October 28, 2008

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i will be traveling from delhi railway station to Internation airport. 1.what is the mode of transportation is convenient? 2.distance between and time 3.cost of prepaid taxi.

Guest wrote distance between IGI - H.Nizamudin railway st. at 11:27:37 PM on November 29, 2008

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Hello Friends, I want to know 1. distance between Indira gandhi international airport to Hazrat nizamuddin railway station. the train is from hazrat nizamuddin. and i am coming to Delhi by flight to Indira Gandhi airport. 2. what is the best mode of transportation? 3.distance between and time 4.cost of prepaid taxi. Can anyone please help me. thanks alot.
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Guest wrote i would be traveling to at 11:23:07 PM on December 6, 2008

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i would be traveling to mumbai from delhi.im new to the airport.could someone explain the procedure to be followed right from entry like check in,baggage check,etc

Guest wrote clarification about international flight at 11:40:32 PM on June 12, 2010

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i understand that from july 3, 2010 terminal 3 of igiap new delhi will become operation, so which flights will operate from termical 3 and which from terminal 2 during next 4 - 5 months. please clarify.

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