Flight operations at T1 terminal of Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport resumed on October 31, after 18 months of closure.
The other two terminals of the airport - T3 and T2 - had resumed handling flight operations from May 25, 2020, and July 22, 2021, respectively.
With the resumption of operations at the third terminal, the Delhi airport is completely functional.The first flight scheduled from T1 after its reopening was an Indigo flight that departed for Mumbai at 01:42 am.
Delhi: Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport's Terminal 1 resumes flight operations from today after 18 months of closure. pic.twitter.com/3DpQttNT8q
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"After almost 18 months of closure, the operations at T1 terminal will resume with pre-Covid operators, i.e. IndiGo and SpiceJet," the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) had said in a statement issued on October 18.
The T1 terminal did not handle any flights since March 25, 2020, when scheduled domestic flights were suspended for a two-month period due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
The reopening of T1 terminal comes at a time when domestic air traffic has witnessed a spurt, with the easing of COVID-19-related curbs.
In September, the monthly domestic air traffic surged by around 5.45 percent with 7.07 million passengers as compared to 6.7 million in August, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said.
The numbers, which dropped steeply in April-May following the onset of COVID-19 second wave, have been improving since June this year. With the infection rate dropping in most states, and with the onset of festive season, the passenger footfall is expected to further increase this month.With PTI inputs