Developing Delhi

Raghavendra Verma explains how New Delhi Airport is pushing ahead with its expansion plans despite COVID-19’s impact on the industry.

A pair of Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners their next rotations. AirTeamImages.com/ Felix Gottwald

Before coronavirus brought everything to a temporary halt, New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport was responding to booming passenger traffic figures by pursuing an expansion and enhancement project costing US$1.3bn.

Already spread over 5,105 acres (2,066ha) on the southern edge of the city, construction crews have been building a fourth runway, an elevated taxiway and revamping Terminal 1 (T1). That work started in 2019, with the goal of growing airside capacity from 100 million passengers per annum (mppa) to 140 mppa by the end of this June.

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