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3-Feb-2010 11:27 AM

Delhi Airport to become India's new international hub

Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) reportedly announced plans to convert Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport into India’s main hub for international air services, when the upcoming Terminal 3 is opened (Business Standard, 03-Feb-2010). The move reportedly includes Air India serving Delhi as a main hub for international services. The carrier currently focuses domestic operations at Delhi Airport and international operations at Mumbai Airport. MoCA also reportedly plans to establish Delhi as a Southeast Asian hub for services onto Europe. A meeting regarding these proposals with international and domestic carriers is reportedly scheduled in Mar-2010. Delhi Airport will have capacity to handle 60 million passengers p/a from Jul-2010, while Mumbai Airport’s current capacity is 25 million passengers p/a. The Indian Government is being called upon to offer more bilateral air services agreements with other nations to make the proposal more viable.