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Delhi International Airport - at a Glance

Updated on March 25, 2012

When you travel to a new country, airports play a major role in your travel and they become the gateway for your destination country. When your waiting time is long for your connection flight, you will surely look for the major facilities the airports offer to its passengers. If your travel destination was India, then the airport that comes to your mind immediately is the Delhi International Airport also known as Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI Airport). The look and feel of the IGI airport has changed after the introduction of the new International terminal T3, on July 2010. Delhi now has the fifth biggest airport terminal in the world. Flying in and out of New Delhi, the capital city of India has a whole new meaning attached to it now.

Facts about IGI Airport

16 km / 10 miles from city centre
11-29 (4430m / 14619 ft)
10-28 (3810 m / 12573 ft)
09-27 (2813 m / 9282 ft)
Terminal 1 Domestic ( T1D Dep, T1C Arrival) for Go Air, Indigo, Spicejet
Terminal 3 Inaugurated on July 3,2010
25.01 Million
0.23 million
0.46 Million Tonnes (MT)
Details obtained from

GMR Group was instrumental in the construction of this beautiful terminal in IGI airport. DIAL is a joint venture association of GMR group, Airport Authorities of India, Fraport, and Malaysia airports Holdings Berhad. The Terminal T3 of Delhi Airport was built within 37 months. You can find below a comparison data of the construction time involved in building some international airports

Changi Airport – Singapore (T3)
22 Million
76 months
Heathrow T5 – London, UK
25 Million
60 months
Beijing Airport New terminal for Olympics – T3, China
45 Million
60 months
IGI Airport – T3, New Delhi, India
34 Million
37 months

Evolution of T3

Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), IGI T3 Rd, New Delhi, Delhi, India

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Features of Terminal T3

  • Passengers can access 95 immigration counters at T3.
  • There are 92 walkways at T3 for the convenience of passengers.
  • T3 has an 8-lane approach road from city and also a high speed rail link to the city center.
  • There is a 5 level in-line baggage screening system at T3 and can handle 12800 bags per hour.
  • At T3 95% of all passengers will take less than 45 minutes from touch down to exit.
  • T3 has a record 78 aerobridges.
  • The 3200 intelligent security cameras at T3 cover the entire airport
  • T3 is equipped with 42 MVA providing full power back up.
  • T3 has been built with 10 MLD sewage treatment plant with zero discharge.
  • T3 airport will handle a capacity of 34 million passengers annually.
  • T3 has 168 check-in counters, and 24 remote check-in counters.
  • T3 has the unique facility of multi-level car parking system with the capacity of parking 4300 cars

The other major things we care for when we stay in an airport is about dining, relaxing and shopping. Here I list out some of the eat-outs, relaxing places and major shopping attractions in IGI airport.

Eating @ T3 IGI Airport

The first thing you remember is food when you get out of your flight. In T3 at IGI airport, you have a variety of options to choose from. I have listed some of the major restaurants in T3 international arrival and departure. Next time when you go to IGI airport, just check the list and choose your favorite restaurant beforehand. Get a detailed information in the following link

Cafe and Bars
Cafe Coffee Day
Can get Hot coffees, Cold coffees, Hoteas, Frosteas, Choco-lattes, Fruiteazers and sundaes.
Coffee, desserts, food and fun.
22 varieties of coffee and 20 kinds of tea from around the world
Coffee day square
Coffee kiosk with take away service and casual dine-in experience.
Fine dining
Smoke House
European Bar and cafe. Innovative cooking styles with focus on fresh organic ingredients.
Want to taste an authentic south Indian food, then go to Vaango!
Quick services restaurants
If you want to taste the most famous south-Indian rice cake called idli, then log in to
4 Fingers
Best fried chicken in America, now in India at T3, Delhi Airport
Variety of juices, smoothies, mocktails, flavoured yoghurt, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables
Curry Kitchen
Indian Fusion cuisine specialising in North Indian food
Recognized world leader in pizza operations
Masala twist
North indian special with Kathi rolls, biryanis and parathas and much more..
Leading global Burger company offering quick meals and snacks
Sandwiches, milkshakes, pastas, soups, salads, smoothies and juices
Sweets and Ice cream
Chokola and Haagen Dazs
Dessert cafe with premium frozen desserts from around the world
Mad over donuts
25 different variety of donuts - worth a try!

Sleeping @ IGI airport

SAMS SNOOZE AT MY SPACE is a new concept introduced for the first time in India at the IGI airport. If you want to rest, sleep or work while waiting for your connecting flight, you don’t have to look for a hotel, just get to the SAMS snooze at my space right near the departure area. This concept offers you with a personal comfort room, sleeping pods with a bed to rest and sleep, working table for your laptop, wi-fi, electric-plugs, flat TV screens, DVD player and charging sockets for cell phones. It gives the feel of a hotel room in an affordable option with sleek design, efficient space and integrated technology. So now no more wasting time in booking hotel rooms, just stay relaxed in SAMS at a convenient price on hourly basis.

Shopping @ IGI Airport

Don't get frustrated if you have lots of hours to kill before your flight takes off in the Delhi IGI airport. Just go around the shops in the airport and you will never know how your time flies. But don't let your flight fly while you are enjoying your shopping. Serious shoppers know that some of the unique the best priced shopping can be done in most of the wonderful airports. Here is the list of some of major shopping stores in the T3 terminal. To get a detailed shopping brochure just click the link below

Shop name
Beauty & Wellness
Guardian, The Body Shop
Books & Magazines
Odyssey, Media Mart
Baker's treat, Choco treat, Chokola
Chroma Zip, Electronixity
Mango, Boggi, Kimaya, Reebok, Versace
Fashion accessories
Bijou Blanc, Da Milano, Ethos, Hidesign, Hugo Boss, Kala Kranti
Perfume & Cosmetics
Souvenir & Gifts
Indian delite, Episode, Fabindia, Swarovski
Early learning center, Toyopia

Forex services @ IGI airport

Foreign Exchange services are located at various convenient locations across the airport terminals. If you wish to change currency, please make sure that you carry all the necessary documents and your passport. ATMs of different national and international banks are available at the airport. Forex services is easy and convenient in IGI Airport.

Not only these, IGI airport hosts many other facilities which is in par with other leading international airports. I have acquired all the information from the New Delhi Airport website To know more about this airport just fly into this site and have a tour, you will automatically get a feeling that you should visit this airport whenever there is an opportunity. Happy flying!


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