IGIA: Promise of good times with food and airline hubs

New Delhi, January 5 (IANS) Becoming the center of at least two airlines and housing a 43-acre hospitality region, the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here is set for a big jump in passenger traffic. Currently, simply no airport in India caters to 2 airlines as a hub or a foundation of operations. Also, there is nor any hospitality-based Aerocity operational somewhere else in the country.

“Delhi airport terminal is already the busiest in Indian with passenger traffic growing in double digits. Addition of infrastructure like Aerocity project will help it within absorbing the growth in traveler traffic, ” said Rajiv Chib, associate director, aerospace and protection at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Marcel Hungerbuehler, chief operating officer, Delhi International Airport Limited, the company which manages Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport terminal, concurred. “We already have world class infrastructure in place to handle any exponential development in passenger traffic, ” this individual told IANS.

“Air India has already made terminal-3 (T3) as its hub and we will be delighted if the proposed Tata-SIA (Singapore Airlines) airline makes IGIA its foundation or hub in the future, ” this individual added.

Last year the IGIA handled approximately 36. seventy seven million passengers and 590, 000 tonnes of cargo.

Air India is focussing upon providing easy transit for passengers to various connecting international and domestic destinations in line with international practices followed at other global airports like Singapore’s Changi, London’s Heathrow, New York’s JFK and Frankfurt.

Apart from Air India, Acara susunan acara Sons and Singapore Airlines have announced their plans to release a new full-service private carrier located in the national capital.

The proposal of their $100 mil joint venture (JV) was approved by the FIPB (Foreign Investment Promotion Board) in October, last year. Officials from the proposed airline hope to launch services by May-June 2014.

According to aviation industry experts, another main factor which will boost passenger visitors and from the national capital may be the addition of Delhi Aerocity close to the IGIA.

“The Areocity project will add hotel rooms, office space and commercial activity area with two airlines making the city’s airport as a hub will only add value to the travelling passenger, inch Ankur Bhatia, member, Confederation of Indian Industry’s panel on city aviation, told IANS.

The Aerocity project is likely to ultimately house 16 luxury hotels and commercial spaces. Currently, major brands like Marriott, Lemon Tree Premier and Red Fox hotels are in procedure in the Aerocity complex.

Patu Keswani, chairman and managing director, Lemon Tree Hotel Firm, said passenger traffic from the IGIA would grow.

“We are very positive that air traffic from Delhi is bound to grow. This is evident with the fact that Tata-SIA’s suggested airline has indicated that they will make Delhi as their operations hub, inch Keswani said.

(Rohit Vaid can be contacted at rohit. v@ians. in)


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New Delhi, Jan 5 (IANS) Becoming the hub of at least 2 airlines and housing a 43-acre hospitality district, the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here is set to get a big leap in passenger traffic. Currently, no airport in Indian caters to two airlines as a center or a base of operations. Furthermore, there is neither any hospitality-based Aerocity operational anywhere else in the country.

“Delhi airport is already the most frantic in India with passenger traffic growing in double digits. Addition of infrastructure like Aerocity project can help it in absorbing the development in passenger traffic, ” stated Rajiv Chib, associate director, aerospace and defence at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Marcel Hungerbuehler, chief operating officer, Delhi International Airport Limited, the company which manages Indira Gandhi Global (IGI) airport, concurred. “We curently have world class infrastructure in place to handle any exponential growth in passenger traffic, ” he told IANS.

“Air India has already produced terminal-3 (T3) as its hub and we will be pleased if the proposed Tata-SIA (Singapore Airlines) airline makes IGIA its base or hub in the future, ” he added.

Last year the IGIA handled around 36. 77 million passengers and 590, 000 tonnes of freight.

Air India is usually focussing on providing easy transportation for passengers to various connecting global and domestic destinations in line with global practices followed at other global airports like Singapore’s Changi, London’s Heathrow, New York’s JFK and Frankfurt.

Apart from Air flow India, Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines have announced their programs to launch a new full-service personal carrier based in the national capital.

The proposal of the $100 million joint venture (JV) had been approved by the FIPB (Foreign Purchase Promotion Board) in October, last year. Officials of the proposed airline wish to launch services by May-June 2014.

According to aviation industry experts, another major factor which will boost passenger traffic to and from the nationwide capital is the addition of Delhi Aerocity near the IGIA.

“The Areocity project will add hotel rooms, office space and commercial activity area and with two airlines producing the city’s airport as a center will only add value to the traveling passenger, ” Ankur Bhatia, member, Confederation of Indian Industry’s panel on civil aviation, told IANS.

The Aerocity project is expected to ultimately house sixteen luxury hotels and commercial spaces. Currently, major brands like Marriott, Lemon Shrub Premier and Red Fox resorts are in operation in the Aerocity complicated.

Patu Keswani, chairman and managing director, Lemon Shrub Hotel Company, said passenger traffic from the IGIA would grow.

“We are very positive that will air traffic from Delhi is bound to grow. This is evident with the fact that Tata-SIA’s proposed airline has pointed out that they might make Delhi as their procedures hub, ” Keswani said.

(Rohit Vaid can be contacted at rohit. v@ians. in)

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