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Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), a GMR Group-led consortium that operates the Delhi airport, today said flight operations at Terminal 2 will recommence with effect from Thursday, July 22 at 0001 hours.
Reopening of terminal 2 at Delhi airport, where flight operations are happening only from Terminal 3, is proof of rebound of domestic passenger traffic in India. Domestic traffic had taken a huge hit during the second wave with daily passenger numbers falling to 30,000 during the middle of May from a high of 300,000 passengers a day.
Operations from Terminal 2 resumed on October 1, 2020, after being shut due to a decline in passengers during the first wave. Commercial operations of domestic flights from the terminal were suspended again at T2 on May 18, 2021, following a significant drop in domestic air traffic.
“The decision to resume T2 operations has been taken after Delhi Airport started witnessing gradual growth in passenger footfall post relaxation in lockdown and travel norms by various states since June,” the airport company said.
The airport company said that the resumption of operations at T2 will be with approximately 200 air traffic movements (100 departures and 100 arrivals) per day and increase progressively up to 280 expected by end of August.
“The terminal will resume operations with IndiGo’s 2000-2999 series flights and entire operations of GoAir and is expecting to witness around 25,000 passenger footfall in the initial phase. About 27 counters – 11 for GoAir and 16 for IndiGo – are available to cater to the passengers of respective flights,” the airport operator said in a statement.
The first flight scheduled from T2 after the reopening of this terminal would be a Kolkata-bound Indigo flight, which will take off at 03:00 AM.
DIAL has taken several safety measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of passengers, as directed by the Government of India.
“Delhi Airport is all set to reopen T2 once again for domestic flight operations after the recent shutdown owing to the second wave of COVID-19. We would like to assure passengers that at Delhi airport, they would be in a safe and healthy environment. We have implemented several measures at the airport to ensure passenger safety without compromising their comfort and experience. Our teams have worked round-the-clock to sanitize the terminal. DIAL will continue its awareness drive by educating and encouraging passengers to wear face masks and maintain social distance while at the airport,” said Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO-DIAL.