Delhi International Airport Unable to Handle Tourist Load
The sudden increase in the number of tourists is being called the main reason for this problem.
NEW DELHI: The Delhi International Airport not only handles the largest number of airlines in India, but it also comes in the list of the biggest airports in the country. It also has some of the best amenities and technologies in effect to serve the travellers passing through it.
The problem has grown so much that Indigo, one of the biggest airlines in the country has issued an advisory asking its customers to reach the airport atleast three and a half hours before their flight.
Although the congestion problems are not new news when it comes to the Indira Gandhi International Airport during the festive seasons, the problem has increased manifold this year. And this has led to massive congestion and failure of amenities during peak hours. So much so that people have reported waiting times of five to six hours. Flight delays and people missing their flights have also been reported. Fights also broke out between the travellers and airport staff because of these unexpected delays.
Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia followed up with the authorities after facing several complaints from the Indian public as well as Foreign Diplomats. After discussions, the minister announced several steps to control the situation, but none of them seem to have any noticeable impact on the services.
Indira Gandhi International Airport has three terminals namely T1, T2 and T3. While the first two handle only domestic flights, T3 handles both domestic and international flights. It is also the largest flight terminal in the country.
Several reasons have been given for the pileup of tourists at the establishment. The sudden increase in the number of tourists is being called the main reason for this problem. A limited number of counters, a lack of ample space, and a limited number of x-ray machines and security personnel are some of the additional reasons.
Experts in the field have mentioned this sudden increase in traffic during the holiday season is because people have started to travel again and now that the risk of Covid is no more, people have decided to execute their pending travel plans.