IGI’s new terminal begins commercial operations Wednesday

New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) The swanky new terminal-3 (T3) of the Indira Gandhi International airport here will begin full-scale commercial operation Wednesday.

Earlier this month Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had inaugurated the terminal in a colourful ceremony.

‘The full commercial operation at the terminal (T3) will commence from July 28,’ said a Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) official.

DIAL authorities had pushed back the operation date of T3 by 14 days to provide more time to all stakeholders to deal with any glitches, including setting up of airline offices, synchronising security procedures, baggage handling and the whole range of airport operations.

On July 14, the first commercial flight of Air-India from New York arrived at the terminal with around 200 passenger. This was part of nine proving flights to and from the terminal on July 14 and 15 which also included the largest passenger aircraft Airbus A380 arriving at T3.

The sixth largest passenger terminal in the world was built in a record 37 months at the cost of nearly $3 billion and has some of the most modern amenities in the world.

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