T3 trivia: New Delhi international airport's Terminal 3 opens today

T3 trivia: New Delhi international airport's Terminal 3 opens today

International operations to and from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) will switch over to the swank new Terminal 3 today. Here's what's inside
Delhi Airport T3
Terminal 3 (pictured above) takes over from the 24-year-old Terminal 2.
The lamp lighting and auspicious coconut smashing took place on July 3, but today is actually T3 Terminal's first day in business at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA).

The sixth-largest passenger terminal in the world wants to be a regional hub like the airports in Dubai and Changi in Singapore when it grows up.

Here's what you need to know about IGIA's new T3 terminal:

  • The terminal's built-up area of 5.5 million square feet will serve 34 million passengers annually.
  • It has eight levels and 78 aero bridges, the largest number in a single terminal anwhere in the world.
  • Officials claim you won't ever have to walk more than 650 meters, thanks to travelators, if you follow a straight path from entry to boarding gate.
  • It should not take more than 45 minutes for a passenger to complete all pre-boarding formalities, thanks in part to the scrapping of the ill-founded system of screening baggage at the airport entry. This will now take place at the check-in counters.
  • There will be 98 immigration counters for international passengers.
  • The terminal will have a multi-level car parking facility, the largest in India, with space for 4,300 cars.
  • There will be 3,000 closed circuit television sets and 352 screening machines.
  • The terminal will have an eight-lane road connectivity with the nearby National Highway (NH-8), an underground Delhi Metro station and the journey from New Delhi Railway Station to the airport should take 18 minutes.
  • The domestic operations of Air India, Jet Airways and Kingfisher will also shift to the new terminal around August 27.

The most useful bit of flight trivia we learned in the process? Wednesdays, between 2-7:30 p.m. see the week's lowest flight activity, which is why it was the chosen day and time for T3's commercial debut. Keep that in mind.