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New Delhi: In order to ease the increasing passenger traffic of Delhi’s IGI airport, the GMR Group-led Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) has decided some ambitious expansion plans of world’s sixteenth busiest airport.

DIAL has already started the process by appointing a design consultant and inviting EOI for the expansion of Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 and construction of a new runway and taxiways. Apart from this, roads leading to the airport will also be widened and new approach roads will be built. Design and development consultant, AECOM has been appointed by DIAL to complete the preliminary design work.

In a recent report, it was projected that the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) will reach its saturation point with a 100-million passenger count by 2024-25, while this year it is expected to reach 70 million passengers from last year’s mark of 60 million. So there is an immediate need for expansion. While the recently started T2 terminal has helped in many ways, still more development is needed.

DIAL has decided to expand the airport in various phases and a master plan has also been made for proper implementation. While in phase 1, Terminal 1 will be developed by 2021, the second phase includes construction of another brand new terminal. The fourth runway will be launched in 2020 and it would help in reducing air congestion and handling more flights.

Talking about the master plan, officials told that the capacity of T1 will increase from 20 million to 40 million and the capacity of Terminal 3 will rise from 34 million to 45 million and that’s why the implementations will take place in the same direction. Along with this, Inter-terminal connectivity through the Airport Metro between T1 and T3 is also part of the expansion plan.

So with all such expansion plans, IGI airport is all set to enter into a new league of world’s best airport.