In one of the first steps for conversion of Delhi Airport into a hub, authorities are currently conducting trials for internal baggage transfers across all the terminals of Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport. This is aimed at improving connectivity across the terminal and ensure seamless flight connections.
In period between April 2022 and February 2023, there was a too little International to International transfers at Delhi Airport. I2I transfer traffic constituted only 2.3% of overall traffic. For most of the global hub airports like Dubai and Changi, this percent is above 50.
Internal Baggage Transfers at Delhi Airport
Authorities at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport are working to establish an internal baggage transfer system across all the terminals. This move will allow passengers to transfer between terminals without going through additional baggage check-in procedures.
This is one of the first step of the airport authorities to convert the airport into a hub. For a hub airport, providing seamless connections is the most important aspect. Delhi IGI is actively working for achieving this aspect.
Once this baggage system is operationalized, passengers will not have to check-in their baggage separately across terminals. The airlines will take care of your luggage. With this, airlines can provide seamless connections even with split terminal operations. An airline, even if it is not operating both flights from same terminal will be able to provide seamless connections through Delhi Airport.
The baggage transfer system is currently under trial. It will soon get finalised. In order to accommodate connecting flights that have a few hours before their departure to the next destination, authorities are also developing an early baggage store system.
Air Trains and Subway on The Cards
An official from Delhi IGI Airport said that for connecting the three terminals, plans are on the cards to establish a network of air trains and subways. DIAL has onboarded consultancy firm Arthur D Little for assistance in creating Delhi Airport as a hub.
Simultaneously, the official stated that accelerating the immigration process would be necessary for the passenger transfer. The civil aviation ministry will work together with finance, tourism, external affairs, and home ministries to devise a workable strategy that outlines responsibility allocation. Authorities are additionally discussing key routes and slots at the airport as part of the plan to establish IGI as a hub airport.
Airlines have flexibility to adjust their schedules. Since there won’t be a difficulty finding slots at Delhi to accommodate the increasing volume of passengers, the airlines and the airport operator need to make solid plans. The most important as well as hardest work will be to ensure the smooth internal connectivity.
Airport authorities will have to make sure that all 3 types of transfers – D2I, D2D and I2I should take minimum time. Gven the number of authorities involved, this is going to be a difficult task.
For reference, D2D : Domestic to Domestic Transfer, D2I : Domestic to International Transfer and I2I : International to International Transfer.
Source : Hindustan Times