Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) is Delhi's international airport and is a major gateway to India. This airport also serves as a prime link between India and all the entire world. It named after Indira Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India. The International Airport in New Delhi is counted amongst the busiest airports in the South Asia region in terms of traffic movements.
Indira Gandhi International Airport is a major public sector airport which was owned by the Airports Authority of India and is also being operated by Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL). DIAL has the main responsibility for the airport's ongoing expansion and modernisation purpose. DIAL is considered as a joint venture consortium of GMR Group, Airports Authority of India and Fraport & Eraman Malaysia. More than 60 airlines usually serve the IGI Airport. This airport is home to airlines such as Air India, Air India Regional, Blue Dart Aviation, GoAir, Indian Airlines, IndiGo, Jagson Airlines, JetLite, Kingfisher Airlines and so on.
The history of the IGI airport which was earlier known as Palam Airport was served as an Air Force Station for the Indian Air Force. In the year 1962, due to highly increase in traffic, passenger operations were then shifted to this airport from Safdarjung Airport. There are generally six operational terminals which are making up this airport. The old Palam terminal is now currently known as Terminal 1. It also handles all the domestic flights from New Delhi. All the international operations of the airport is now well handled by Terminal 2.
Terminal 3 which is also known as T3, is the advanced high tech integrated terminal of IGI airport. In terms of size of the airport, this terminal is well-poised to be the world's third-largest after Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and then there is Beijing in China in the list. After this, Terminal 4 and 5 are also likely to be built at a later stage which will deal with all major international flights.
Besides this, the Cargo Terminal also handles all cargo operations quite well. The Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi perfectly facilitates its users with numerous services such as the 24 hours transfer shuttle between the terminals, proper car parking, easy access to banks, numerous options of currency exchange counters, post office, ATM's, several duty-free shops, outstanding executive lounges and much more.