Located in New Delhi, Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) is a major gateway to India. This airport serves as a vital link between India and the rest of the world. Named after Indira Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India, this International Airport in New Delhi is regarded as one of the busiest airports in South Asia in terrms of traffic movements.
Indira Gandhi International Airport is a public sector airport owned by the Airports Authority of India and is being operated by Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), which also has the responsibility for the airport's ongoing expansion and modernisation. DIAL is a joint venture consortium of GMR Group (54%), Airports Authority of India (26%) and Fraport & Eraman Malaysia (10% each).
Over 60 airlines serve the IGI Airport. This airport is the home to airlines like 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, earlier known as Palam Airport, goes back to the second world war, when it served as an Air Force Station for the Indian Air Force. In 1962, due to increase in traffic, passenger operations were shifted to this airport from Safdarjung Airport. And in the 70s, due to further increase in traffic, an additional terminal with nearly four times the area of the old Palam terminal was constructed. With the inauguration of the new international terminal - Terminal 2, the airport was renamed as Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport on 2 May 1986.
There are Six operational terminals making up this airport. The old Palam terminal is now known as Terminal 1 and handles all domestic flights. All the international operations of the airport is handled by Terminal 2.
Terminal 3, called as T3, is the high tech integrated terminal of IGI airport. In terms of size, this terminal is poised to be the world's third-largest after Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and Beijing in China. Terminal 4 and 5 are likely to be built at a later stage and will deal with all international flights, while Terminal 3 will then solely be used for handling domestic air traffic.
There is another seperate terminal at IGI airport, the Hajj Terminal, and all airlines bound for the Middle East move to this seperate terminal at the time of Hajj, the annul muslim pilgrimage to prevent disrupt other passengers. Besides, the Cargo Terminal handles all cargo operations.
The Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi facilitates its users with various services like the 24 hours transfer shuttle between the terminals, car parking, access to banks, currency exchange counters, post office, ATM's, duty-free shops, executive lounges and many more. It is one of the most modern and state of the art airports of the country.