Over the last few days, Delhi International Airport has been experiencing major congestion. People are racing to get to Delhi International Airport in December, which is peak travel season. However, they face severe delays as a result. This congestion has caused many people to miss their flights. How can you navigate all of this confusion to successfully catch your flight? These smart tips will help you get through airport traffic.
Three terminals are available at Indira Gandhi International Airport: Terminal 1 (T1), Terminal 2 (T2) Terminal 3 (T3). There are three parallel runways. Terminal 3 is Delhi’s only international airport. IndiGo, Air Asia, and SpiceJet all have domestic flights through T3. It is one of India’s busiest airports when it comes to passenger traffic, with so many flights passing through it.
Everyone is traveling to holiday destinations, either to go on vacation or to visit their families. Many people rush to catch flights but find themselves in long lines and delays at the airport. There were many complaints about the congestion at IGI T3. Many travelers made pleas for improvement.
Union Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scinditya surprisedly visited the Delhi airport to find out what was causing massive delays. He also created a plan to make immediate changes to address this problem. These were the initiatives: “Plans for peak hour capacity based on passenger processing capacities at each major airport”
“Landing cards will be distributed on board and filled up prior to arrival to reduce the number of immigration counters queues.”
“X-ray capability for baggage to be evaluated” “Capacity augmentation in security manpower and hand luggage screening”
“Long-term technology-related upgrades to security and baggage drop-off processing”
Although things are improving in Terminal 3, the airports will still see high traffic during the holiday period. According to Indian Express, airports could remain jam-packed until January. The country has seen over 4,00,000. Domestic passengers have been observed daily for the past ten days. December 11 saw the highest number of 4,28,000. This was only possible before the pandemic. The previous peak was 4,20,000 passengers.
DIAL’s “Smart Travel Tips” to avoid congestion at Delhi Airport
DIAL, Delhi International Airport Limited is responsible for managing Terminal 3. It is a joint venture between GMR Group and the Airport Authority of India. Fraport AG, Eraman Malaysia, and GMR Group. DIAL has taken several steps to ensure that passengers can pass through the airport without waiting in long lines.
Waiting time at the entry gates
DIAL updates people via Twitter with the estimated wait times at each entry gate of the International Airport. This will allow passengers to quickly enter the airport from the gate with the fastest wait time. They share updates every hour. Keep an eye on them.
DIAL is also encouraging travelers to download Digi-Yatra at the airport. This app was launched in December 2022 and is designed to replace boarding cards with face recognition at airports. After you have registered with Digi-Yatra, you won’t need to go back and get your passport/identity cards and boarding pass checked. Simply scan your passport at the airport to seamlessly go through security and the boarding gate. Digi-Yatra is helping passengers to get through airport congestion.
One-hand baggage policy
There are long lines at the security check. Passengers have to wait in line for their bags to be checked through the scanner. DIAL also reminds passengers to only carry one handbag per person. This allows the bags to be quickly checked through scanners, and you don’t have to wait until you get it after you have cleared security. This policy does not apply to ladies’ purses, laptop bags, or infant bags. It also doesn’t apply umbrellas/walking sticks, coats, and women’s purses.
Airlines, Delhi Airport:
- Major airlines like IndiGo and Air India have issued a travel advisory for passengers asking them to arrive at least 3.5 hours prior to domestic flights.
- Air India also asks that international flight passengers arrive at least four hours before departure.
- IndiGo asks passengers to arrive at gate five or six in order to get to the IndiGo check-in counters.
- SpiceJet asks passengers to arrive early and only carry one handbag weighing less than seven kilograms. The airline recommends that passengers check-in online before they arrive at the airport.
Peak travel hours at Delhi Airport
T3 experiences peak hours between 5 am and 9 am and 4 pm to 8 pm. There are many flights taking off and landing during these hours. Plans have been developed to divert peak hour flights to T1 or T2, as well as to non-peak times at T3. Check your flight details one day in advance if you book during peak hours.
Avoid congestion at Delhi Airport with these travel tips.
You should arrive at least 3.5 hours prior to your departure time.
Allow enough time to get through security, check-in, and then reach the gate. You will be able to get your flight on time if you arrive early, as there are often long lines at airport check-ins.
Register on Digi-Yatra App
There are long lines at the airport’s entry gates, which can delay passengers and prevent them from getting in. Instead of waiting in line to get your boarding passes and identity cards checked, sign up for the Digi-Yatra App so you can scan your face at the e-gates. Register through Digi-Yatra to get through security, check-in, and even the boarding gate.
Before you arrive at the airport, complete a web check-in.
You don’t need any luggage to check in, so you can complete your check-in online. This will eliminate the queue! You can quickly go to the security gates by doing your web check-in. You can still drop your luggage at the baggage drop station and pass quickly through.
Only one cabin bag
After you have checked in, the security line can be long. You can pass through security quickly if you only have one cabin bag.
Avoid traveling during peak hours.
You will notice a smaller number of flights when you arrive at the airport than during peak hours. It is easy to get through security, check in and board your flight without any worries.