The Delhi International Airport (DIAL) has called for expressions of interest (EoI) from global companies interested in establishing a dedicated facility at the airport for private and charter aircraft. Fixed base operators (FBOs), based anywhere in the world, have been invited to submit their EoIs to DIAL. Interested parties have till the end of the month to respond.
Those selected would get to build and maintain dedicated services for private and charter aircraft.
The move comes at a time when private and charter aircraft in India are witnessing rapid growth, with industry estimates pegging the current number of private aircraft at around 100. Sources predict this number would surpass the number of aircraft available for commercial operations over the next few years.
In 2007-08, the number of private and charter aircraft in Delhi jumped by around 22 per cent according to industry sources, accounting for almost 10,000 aircraft movements.
Other than handling and catering services for general aviation operators, the proposed facility would also have special lounges and conference facilities, and luxury pick up and drop services for customers of private and charter planes.