Low fare airlines IndiGo and SpiceJet, which account for two-thirds of the domestic market share, will partially shift their operation from Indira Gandhi International Airport’s Terminal 2 (T2) to terminal 3 (T3) from September 5.
The decision is taken as terminal 2 will see some revamp to enhance its passenger handling capabilities.
While IndiGo, India’s largest carrier will shift part of its operations from terminal 2 to terminal 3, SpiceJet’s entire operations are to move to T3.
As of now, the no-frill carriers IndiGo, and SpiceJet operate from terminal 1 and terminal 2, while full-service carriers like Air India and Vistara operate out of terminal 3. AirAsia India, a low-cost airline, operates from terminal 3 in New Delhi.
GoAir, which also operates from terminal 2, will not shift its operations to terminal 3.
However, flight operations of both the airlines at Delhi airport’s terminal 1 will stay unaffected, Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL), the authority governing the IGI Airport, said in a statement.
The transfer of operations is a part of DIAL’s project to dramatically enhance the overall capacity of the airport. SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir, operating from terminal 2 have witnessed a sharp traffic growth magnified by the re-allocation of Jet Airways traffic, the statement added.
The statement added that the partial shifting of operations will reduce the terminal 2 passenger load by 27 percent.
The IGI Airport can currently manage up to 75 million passengers a year. The expansion project will enhance the capacity up to 100 million passengers a year by 2022.
Two years ago, the T1 underwent a similar revamp, for which some flight operations were shifted to T2.