Delhi Airport’s T2 will begin operations on Saturday

NEWDELHI: Delhi airport’s Terminal 2 will begin operations on Saturday, taking some pressure off the crowded Terminal 1. GoAir will be the first airline to shift operations to T2 from Saturday night.

Flight G8-148 from Ranchi will be the first to land at the terminal at 10.05pm Saturday while G8-207 leaving for Lucknow at 5.25am Sunday will be the first to depart.

T1 and T3 put together have capacity to handle 62 million passengers a year. The airport handled 55.6 million passengers in 2016 and the number is expected to rise this year to nearly full capacity.

Against an average of 1,050 flight movements a day in 2015, the number has risen to 1,185.

T2 was the airport’s old international terminal, which was shut since 2010 and used only for Haj passengers for three months a year. It was ready for use in January but could not open then as the airlines operating from T1 did not shift.

Now, with GoAir shifting to T2, airport operator DIAL hopes IndiGo and SpiceJet will follow. January 4 has been tentatively set as the date for IndiGo and SpiceJet to begin flights to and from Bengaluru, Mumbai and Kolkata.

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