With increasing traffic, the Delhi airport has announced its plans to expand its passenger-handling capacity and build a new runway by 2021. The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), the managing body of Delhi airport said that it would be increasing the passenger-handling capacity at the existing two terminals, re-commission operations at terminal-2, and create a new runway by 2021. DIAL is a joint venture between GMR Group (54%), Airports Authority of India (26%), and Fraport AG & Eraman Malaysia (10% each). As it seeks to carry out improvements at the Delhi airport, airline operators have been asked to shift operations from T1 to T2, starting October 2017. This shift will be conducted on a temporary basis.
Currently, airline companies such as IndiGo, GoAir and SpiceJet operate from T1. The T1 terminal has a handling capacity of 20 million passengers per annum, but it has already exceeded that limit. It 2016-17, the T1 terminal was used by more than 24 million passengers. Speaking about the expansion plans, Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) CEO I Prabhakara Rao said, “We have planned to increase the capacity of T1 and T3 and build a fourth runway in due course of time.” The Delhi Airport is the busiest in India. Around 57.7 million passengers used the airport in 2016-17. The airport handled cargo of more than 8.57 lakh tons during the same period.