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Delhi Airport to become India's new international hub

3-Feb-2010 11:27 AM

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.