Delhi domestic airport to get new terminal building

Delhi's domestic airport is to get a brand new terminal 1-B by the middle of next year, offering better facilities to domestic travellers. Located next to the existing Terminal 1A, it will be a two-level building equipped with 72 check-in counters and an in-line baggage screening system, and will be constructed by the Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd (DIAL).

Departing passengers will check in at the upper level and proceed to the security area. There will be ultra-modern lounges and retail facilities. When their flights are announced, passengers will travel downstairs to a gate hold room area and then to the aircraft.

With the new runway expected to be completed by 2008, the new terminal would further reduce congestion at the airport. It would also allow a greater number of aircraft to move simultaneously, increasing the airport's capacity. Spread over 33,000 sq metres, Terminal 1-B will have 16 security channels compared with the existing four. About 1,500 sq metres of space would be made into a commercial area.