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Regional Project of the Month: Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, Delhi

Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport is India’s busiest and largest airport by far, and the 6th busiest in Asia, with an annual passenger processing capacity of over 100 million. However, Phase 3A of the master plan for its expansion was severely curtailed by the pandemic, pushing back the likely completion date to somewhere towards the end of 2023.

Key features of the expansion project include the delivery of a new terminal (Terminal 4) with a 40 million annual passenger capacity, the creation of a fourth runway and an elevated cross-taxiway.

While major delays to all elements of the master plan have been anticipated, last month saw an airport spokesperson announce that the fourth runway would likely be open and operational by September this year. This will allow the airport to accommodate the biggest passenger aircraft flying today, the Airbus A380, while also boosting its per hour capacity airport from 75-80 flights to 105-110. It will also make IGI the first airport in India to have four runways.

Equally important to IGI’s overall capacity expansion ambitions is the completion of the new Terminal 4 and the significant upgrade works on Terminal 1. The T1 plans feature heavy restructuring of access roads and taxiways to alleviate its chronic issues of traffic chokepoints (both cars and airplanes respectively). This, in combination with the creation of the dual elevated cross taxiway (similar to Singapore’s Changi Airport) should see a marked improvement of access to IGI as well as smoother operations within the airport.