6/16/09 Indefinite strike from July 1, 2009 if the Air India management refuses to pay salaries on time.  National Aviation Co of India Ltd (NACIL), which owns Air India, told workers it will pay June salaries of its around 31,000 employees two weeks into July due to a cash crunch. 

5/30/09 Indira Gandhi International Airport.subsidiary Indian Airlines Air Transport Services Ltd company responsible for the security of at least 60 international airlines, have threatened to go on strike from June 1.  Strike is likely to affect air services responsible for X-ray and baggage clearing facilities. Will bring international flights to a complete standstill at Delhi and other international airports across the country. International terminal strike June 1, Domestic terminal June 2.

5/31/09 The MoU for the launch of the Airport Shuttle Service will be signed by the authorities concerned on June 4, according to a senior official of the Urban Development Ministry thehindubusinessline.com

4/30/09 Update Indian baggage handlers strike has been called off. Government agreed to discuss their grievances.  

4/28/09 Strike will be for 48hrs starting from  April 30, Thursday midnight at all airports over India. 

4/27/09 Strike by baggage handlers, expect severe flight delays and disruptions nationwide.  IGIA, Delhi starting midnight, Thursday. An indefinite strike over the transfer of 4,000 employees from IGIA and Mumbai Airports.  to other airports. This agreement was made in  May 06 when the airports went private.  Unfortunately people are being transferred to inhospitable places!...

Attn.  Check IGIA site, changes in terminals.

Sept. 27: The Delhi police has detained nine people, including five suspected Bangladeshi nationals, for questioning in connection with the Mehrauli blast. The five men were picked up from the Indira Gandhi International Airport by the special staff of south district police, barely a few hours after the blast. 

9/24/08 Opens today six months ahead of schedule! The third runway at Indira Gandhi International Airport. One of the longest in Asia at 4,430 metres, will become operational from 6 a.m. on Thursday.The Delhi International Airport Limited, which is developing the IGI Airport, has been asked to take adequate measures to prevent any incidents of bird-hit. It has also been instructed to ensure that the CAT-IIIB instrument landing system facilities are commissioned on the runway by November, well before the advent of the fog season.
The Airports Authority of India would ensure that the surface movement radar facilities for the new runway are also commissioned by then.
The new runway has a width of 60 metres and has been built as per Code F standards. It would be capable of handling next generation aircraft like the Airbus A380 and the Antonov An-225 thehindu

8/21/08 Delhi gets third runway, but will it end the congestion? 

7/30/08   Air Mauritius flight, carrying more than 200 passengers, had to abort take-off due to birds.  The seven spots identified attract birds, include storm-water drain at Dwarka sector-8, main sewage-canal area at Indira market, R K Puram, Mehram Nagar, make-shift Sunday market in Cantonment area, Dabri Mor market, Sadar Bazar slaughter-waste dumps, Ghazipur poultry-waste dump site of the agriculture marketing produce committee

6/20/08  Parents still don’t know why infant died in aircraft  thaindian.com

The operations on the secondary runway were stopped for over an hour Monday when a pilot spotted some monitor lizards straying onto it. Only the main runway was used, as a result of which some 20-25 flights were delayed, officials said thaindian.com

Hire a driver  kamala-aboutall.blogspot.com

AAI’s funding delay holds up IGI Airport hotel project, may not be ready for Commonwealth games 2010  hosptitalitybizindia.com

Delhi's IGI Airport to get dedicated terminal for chartered\business flights news  expressindia.com

Now, taxis stand parallel to each other in a newly built slot where passengers can buy pre-paid vouchers and zoom away. At least 10 taxis can stand next to each other at the same time newdelhiairport.ne

Gujjars protest leaves Delhi residents fuming, hundreds of streets blocked.  thaindian.com

4/15/08 Number of immigration, on the departure side counters to increase from 28-52. Arrivals 28 to 42  and the check-in  counters to go up from 8-14.  Security check gates have been increased from eight to 14.  Check in counters from 78-100 by June.  Hand-baggage X-ray machines at the international terminal have been increased from eight to 12, which would further go up to 16 by June, 2008. To avoid long queues due to the ongoing upgradation work at the airport are relocating airline offices outside the International Terminal building and putting up new flight information display boards.

5/12/08  This airport is still in turmoil check how the long term plan, which is in its second year  indiaaviation

3rd runway nearly complete, 4,430 metres long. has concerns regarding a 100ft statue of Lord Shiva may be in the way.  The runway will be the longest in Asia and will give a smooth runway for the A-380's.  One official said an aircraft will have to touch down nearly in the middle of the new runway while landing if it has to avoid the statue..  Taking off it will have to use the middle of the runway, hence not using runway to capacity.

5/2/08  90 per cent of the work on the third runway at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here has been completed and it will be commissioned this year. economictimesindia

April 28 International passengers taking connecting flights to destinations within India from Indira Gandhi International Airport will have it good, as DIAL plans to introduce more inter-terminal coaches from May onwards. “A good percentage of passengers arriving at IGIA are transit passengers, especially international tourists, who alight in Delhi and take connecting flights to their destinations,” said Arun Arora, DIAL spokesperson. At the moment, two coaches run between the international and domestic terminals. Their frequency is one per hour but sometimes passengers end up waiting for a longer duration.“The number of coaches will go up to four now and the waiting time will come down to 20 minutes,” said a senior DIAL officer. More coaches have also been added between terminals 1-A and 1-B. The service is free for passengers. The shuttle service begins at 5 am and stops at midnight.

4/18/08 Traffic snarls throw IGI out of gear timesofindia

IGIA, Embrasses smokers  per hindustantimes

03/11/08  Airports union says strike to disrupt 127 airports  reuters.com

3 March At domestic terminal,things slightly better Hindustantimes

Don't get out of line The hindu

3/3/08 If you have a flight to catch at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, reach the airport at least four hours before your flight departs. If you don’t, you are sure to miss your flight. Passenger queues and, consequently, waiting time to board a flight were never so long than they are now at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, the rush blamed on an ambitious renovation and modernisation programme the airport is going through. The ordeal begins for passengers on the approach roads to the airport itself. Even late in the night, the roads are congested despite the newly opened Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway. “After you enter the IGIA approach road from National Highway-8, a long queue of cars greets you. Sometimes the queue starts from near the Centaur hotel,” said a senior official of a foreign airline.  Gate no. 3 of the departure terminal is meant for 10 airlines, including Air India, American Airlines and Saudi Arabian, and any of the other three gates can be used for other airlines. Most passengers, however, don’t know this and complain about lack of enough signboards. Entering the airport after checking of tickets and passport has become the biggest hurdle lately. It can take you up to 45 minutes at Gate 1 and more than an hour at the other gates. Boarding blockages “Space for boarding queues is extremely limited, leading to chaos. Simultaneous boarding from Gates 9, 10 and 11 is another problem,” an airline official said. “If the passenger has to be sent back to X-ray area for missing stamps, the delay gets longer,” he said.
DIAL says: All the aerobridges are operational at present but there number would remain the same at IGIA for sometime  full article per Hindustan Times

Madness at Delhi airport  Passengers trying to board flights at the Indira Gandhi International Airport have fainted or have had epileptic fits due to the claustrophobic conditions prompted by construction work that has led to the closure of large chunks of areas, airlines operating from the airport have said.  “Our flights are getting delayed by 30 to 45 minutes as congestion in the terminals mean passengers report late and we cannot close the counters in time. The frequent breakdown of the conveyor belt also leads to delay in loading baggage in aircraft,” said an Air India spokesman   per Hindustan Times
New Delhi, March 03, 2008

Mumbai: Sri Lankan Airlines has announced the launch of its 'Online Check-in' facility for passengers traveling on the airline from Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, New Delhi. It said New Delhi has become the first overseas station where it has introduced the facility.  Sri Lankan said that 'Online Check-in' opens 24 hours before a flight and continues up to two hours before a flight. It is possible to check-in groups of passengers as well if the required information and reference numbers are available.

According to the airline, a passenger simply needs to visit Sri Lankan's website www.srilankan.aero and click on ''Online Check-in.'' The next step is to merely key in four simple entries - name, airport, flight number and booking reference number. The system will automatically assign a seat, which the passenger can change through a user-friendly chart that shows the aircraft's seating plan, identifying reserved seats in a different colour.

The boarding pass is then displayed on the screen, with all necessary details. Passengers can take a printout of their boarding pass, although it is not required since they can produce the e-ticket at the airport and receive a printout of the boarding pass from SriLankan staff. Passengers can then proceed directly to the Online Check-in counter.

Currently, passengers who require special care such as infants and wheelchair passengers will continue to be handled by SriLankan staff, and not through the on-line system.

''India is an important market for us and Online Check-in is a major initiative that is part of our ongoing plans to improve the services for everyone traveling on SriLankan Airlines,'' said Senaka Fernando, SriLankan's regional manager, Indian subcontinent and the Maldives.

4/10/08  Delhi International Airport (P) Limited (DIAL) has tied up with Australian brand, Cookie Man to set-up a store in the check-in area of Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), recently.
The store will have fifty varieties of cookies. The flavours include choc chip, coffee walnut, brandy snap, honey and oats, coconut macaroon, shortbread, peanut, ginger and others.Cookie Man is the latest in the series of food and beverage outlets at IGIA which DIAL has introduced over the last eighteen months. Recently, a specialty coffee shop Buno & Kaffa opened in Terminal 1B. Prior to that fast food chain McDonalds set up shop in Terminal 1A along with Nirula's in Terminal 1B. Yo-China, Hogg Dogg and Baskin Robbins Ice Creams also set up shop recently.
These outlets are part of DIAL’s strategy to provide passengers with a wide variety of food and beverage options at IGI Airport. DIAL is also planning on opening several new F&B outlets in the near future. Cookie Man was founded in 1958 and the company has outlets across the world in countries like Chile, Korea, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Spain, Mexico, Singapore, Bahrain, China and South Africa amongst others.

3/31/08  IGIA getting new Air Traffic Control system Times of India

3/27/08  Another death on IGI runway: roadroller runs over labourer.  expressindia.com

3/21/08 Traffic resumes on NH8 with the help of the army The Hindu

3/20/08 New Delhi: Expansion and upgrade continues at an agonisingly slow pace, several thousand overseas travelers, including tourists, continue to suffer serpentine queues, a squalid environment and unfriendly immigration officials, everyday gulfnews

3/16/08 Delhi's international airport: A daily trauma for passengers  per ndtvprofit.com

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