SpiceJet, IndiGo to shift operations from Indira Gandhi airport's T2 to T3
- A Monitor Report01 Sep, 2019 | 307 Views|-+
New Delhi : Indian budget carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet Ltd, together accounting for about two-thirds of the domestic market share, will shift operations from terminal 2 (T2) to terminal 3 (T3) of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in New Delhi from September 5, because of capacity enhancement work to be carried out in T2.
IndiGo, India's largest carrier in terms of market share, will shift a part of its operations to T3, while SpiceJet will shift its entire operations. The two airlines operate out of T1 and T2. However, flight operations of IndiGo and SpiceJet at terminal 1 (T1) will remain unaffected, according to Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), which operates IGIA.
"I am pleased to share that from September 5, SpiceJet will consolidate its operations at Delhi airport by shifting entirely from T2 to T3. With this, our flight operations would be restricted to just two terminals, T1 and T3 of Delhi airport. This move will enhance the convenience of passengers travelling with us and provide them greater comfort and ease in transiting between domestic and international flights," said Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet.
T2, which at present has the capacity to handle 15 million passengers a year, will be able to handle more than 18 million passengers a year, once the capacity enhancement work is completed in the next six months, a DIAL spokesperson said.
"Since the grounding of Jet Airways, which operated from terminal 3, there is space to accommodate SpiceJet and IndiGo's operations in the terminal, while capacity enhancement work is completed at terminal 2," the spokesperson said.
However, GoAir, which also operates from T2, will not shift its operations to T3. At present, low cost carrier AirAsia India and full-service carriers such as Air India and Vistara operate out of T3.
"The move comes as part of DIAL's efforts to enhance passenger experience at Delhi airport at a time when SpiceJet, IndiGo, and GoAir, operating from terminal 2, have witnessed a steep traffic growth compounded by the re-allocation of Jet Airways traffic," DIAL said.
"The shifting, which will take place on the intervening night of September 4 and 5, will enable the airport operator to enhance the overall infrastructure of T2, which is being done to handle rising passenger traffic," it said. The partial shifting of operations will reduce the T2 passenger load by 27 per cent, it said.
IGIA can at present handle up to 75 million passengers a year. The airport will expand to handle up to 100 million passengers a year by 2022.
"The move will ease the pressure of fast-growing traffic, so that the capacity enhancement work at terminal 2 can be carried out effectively and efficiently," said Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, Chief Executive, DIAL.