India’s first terminal for private jets to land and take off is expected to be ready by May at the Delhi Airport.
It will be connected by a separate road leading to the facility, and feature sculptures evocative of the Mughal era and artificial water bodies.
The terminal coming up at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport will ensure faster turnaround of business jets and chartered planes, shielding them from the clutter of general passenger terminals, where they now have to compete for landing and take-off slots with commercial planes.
The terminal building is designed to withstand over 60 aircraft movements a day and is being built with a handling capability of over 200 passengers a day.
The terminal will be able to handle Boeing 767 business jets and any Boeing 777 with a VIP configuration and a passenger capacity of 250.
About 1,200 scheduled flights operate from Delhi airport every day; an additional 40-50 small non- scheduled chartered planes also land at and take off from the airport daily.
Airport officials say that VIPs prefer to travel in private jets and all their movements take place from Terminal 1, which is already operating beyond its capacity.
Site development work on this integrated general and business aviation terminal commenced in March 2018 and work has rapidly progressed on the 22-acre lot that was allocated by the airport run by a consortium led by GMR Group.
“The separate terminal in Delhi would help us in expanding the business but such terminals are required in other metro cities as well,” said aid Rajesh Bali, managing director of the Business Aircraft Operators Association.