If landing for the first time in Delhi by an international flight, you are in for a pleasant surprise as the new swanky Terminal 3 will floor you with all new sophisticated interiors and world-class facilities which are comparable to any international airport in the wold. The ethnic murals and Indian paintings adorn the arrivals and departure lounge of the new Terminal and the chic duty free outlets will tempt you to spend few dollars on the ever tempting cigars and scotch whiskey while you wait to board your flight.
The seamless check-in and immigration clearance is another USP of the new Terminal 3 which has the current capacity to cater up to 46 million passengers annually. Spread over an area of 5,220 ares, Terminal 3 at Delhi airport is the world’s eighth largest passenger terminal and has been designed to handle 100 million passengers annually by 2030. It has been conferred the fourth best airport in the world and awarded for the best improved airport in the Asia-Pacific region. It was the 27th busiest airport in the world in the year 2012 registering a growth of 12.7% over the previous year.
The reputation of Terminal 3 took a hit in July 2013 when it got flooded due to incessant rains in Delhi during monsoon season and became an object of ridicule in the Indian media that highlighted the shortcomings of the Delhi Airport Authority and the GMR Group which is responsible for its expansion and modernization. Passengers had to walk in knee-deep water which flooded the departure and arrivals area of the Terminal due to ill-planned water and sewage outflow at the time of construction of the new Terminal.