Domestic flights will start operating from the new terminal, T3 in New Delhi from October 30. The first flight will take off from the terminal at 5am on that date, after airlines move to T3 on October 29.
With the new decision coming about, full cost carriers such as Air India, Kingfisher and Jet Airways will shift to the terminal.
Meanwhile, there have been reports suggesting that the no frills carriers would continue to operate from the domestic terminal 1D itself. However, the main runway 28/10 will most probably start operations only after another couple of days. It may be recalled that there have been reports that said it has been under maintenance for the past six months).
Sources have revealed that due to heavy rains in the recent past, work on the airstrip was held up for a while and the calibration work on it was to start only by Thursday. Airport sources said that the work should not take more than a day or two and if everything went according to plan, the runway will be open before the start of the Games.
The airport management at the Delhi International Airport Ltd. had met with airline officials on Monday. Sources said that the meeting was preparatory in nature and the airlines were given the possible dates for the shifting. The airline officials were reportedly told to occupy the back-up offices by October 20 and move into the terminal by the evening of October 29.
A lot of work has been held up due to the tightened security for the Games. The airport, designated as a non-competitive Games venue, has been given a four-tier security. Due to the security restrictions, entry of visitors to all terminals has been banned till October 20.
Sources said that most of the work in the domestic section has been completed but the rest has been stopped since it is next to the route that is taken by athletes and delegates. The pending work will have to wait until the Games are over and the restriction into the area is removed.
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