• New Delhi’s T1D May Go All IndiGo

    In a first-of-its-kind agreement, budget carrier IndiGo, India’s biggest airline by market share, may get Delhi airport’s domestic terminal, better known as Terminal 1D, for its exclusive use.

    Civil aviation secretary RN Choubey confirmed to HT that talks between GMR-led Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), the consortium that operates the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, and IndiGo were at an “active” stage. “Talks are now at a very active stage between the airport operator and airlines.”

    Besides IndiGo, T1D is used by low-cost carriers SpiceJet and GoAir for domestic operations. IGI’s T3 handles all international, as well as some local flights.

    “This discussion has got an operational and a commercial dimension so the airport operator and airlines have to sit together. They are doing so and talking about the details,” said Choubey.

    The exercise, however, is unlikely to be a smooth one. Both SpiceJet and GoAir have resisted the move to shift out of T1D.

    “We have opposed the move to shift us out of T1,” said SpiceJet spokesperson Ajay Jasra.

    Sources said both SpiceJet and GoAir have argued that no single airline should be favoured and, if need be, all three should be moved out. Scott Niedermayer Jersey

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