- DIAL, expects to connect to over 60 international destinations after regular overseas flights resume
- The IGIA is the country's largest airport and handled around 1.8 lakh passengers
- Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) is likely to increase from 165 per day to 300 per day
DIAL, the operator of the airport in the national capital, expects to connect to over 60 international destinations after regular overseas flights resume this month. After remaining suspended for over two years in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, scheduled international commercial flights will resume on March 27.
The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is the country's largest airport and handled around 1.8 lakh passengers per day during pre-COVID times.
A DIAL spokesperson on Friday said the number of international Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) is likely to increase from 165 per day to 300 per day in summer 2022. The total weekly departures of international flights are expected to increase 66 percent in the first week of April once the regular overseas flights commence, according to the spokesperson.
This is in comparison to the flights that operated under bilateral air bubble arrangements during winter 2021. Noting that DIAL is working with all stakeholders to make the recommencement of international operation a smooth affair, the spokesperson also said that it was working with the airlines for proper slot utilization.
"Once the international commercial service begins, the number of international destinations is expected to increase significantly from about existing 46 (including Vande Bharat) to more than 60," the spokesperson said. IGIA is operated by the Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL). The airport has already registered a recovery of passenger traffic in the US, Middle East and Australia segments. "Post resumption of commercial operations, South East Asia and Europe are expected to be the main drivers of further international passenger growth," the spokesperson said.