GoAir to commence operations out of T2, IGI airport from Sunday

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New Delhi, Oct 27: Budget passenger carrier GoAir on Thursday said that its service "G8 207" from New Delhi to Lucknow on October 29, 2017 will be the first flight of the airline to operate out of Terminal 2 (T2) of the IGI airport here. The announcement follows the airline's decision to shift its entire operations to T2 from Terminal 1 (T1).  "In order to facilitate the growth of IGI airport, GoAir has mutually agreed with DIAL (Delhi International Airport Limited) to move its entire operations from T1 to T2 from October 29, 2017," the airline said in a statement. According to the airline it has undertaken various initiatives to ensure hassle free shifting. "To inform its passengers of the change, signage and hoardings will be put up across both terminals at the airport," the statement said. "GoAir will also update its passengers through social media network, company website and intimation through email, SMS and its customer service helpline." On its part, the airport operator DIAL has decided to provide free inter-terminal transfer facility between T1 and T2 for a period of three months which is in addition to its usual transfer shuttle bus service.  The development also assumes significance as it is expected to partially lead to the commencement of the T1 expansion plan which envisages a new integrated terminal that can handle 40 million passengers per annum.  DIAL had earlier said that the budget passenger carriers' departure terminal T1D and terminal T1C will be merged into one and expanded to accommodate 40 million passengers per annum. However, for the plan to go forward, the operator needed to shift some traffic catered by the current T1D to T2 terminal. The T1D terminal, which has a passenger capacity of 20 million per annum, handled 24 million passengers during 2016-17. DIAL had said T2 has been revamped at a cost of Rs 100 crore and that it was in consultation with the three LCCs (low-cost carriers) -- IndiGo, GoAir and SpiceJet -- which currently operate out from T1D to shift some of their flight operations to T2 from end-October 2017. 

IANS