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About Terminal 1

Once acting as the sole terminal for both domestic and international flights, Terminal 1 at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) now exclusively handles domestic carriers. Recently revamped, it is now the largest domestic terminal in India and boasts an enhanced annual passenger handling capacity.

Now, with the capacity to handle 40 million passengers, Terminal 1 welcomes passengers with a modern and spacious layout. The high ceilings at T1 enhance the sense of space and breathability. With high-tech self-check-in machines for faster movement, enhanced scanners for quicker security clearance, and an increased number of baggage belts for speedy luggage clearance, T1 ensures a smooth and swift pre and post-flight experience for flyers.

Terminal 1 Levels

Each level is split into the international and domestic areas as follows below:

L1, Delhi Airport, can be reached via an escalator that goes down from L4. It provides flyers access to Bussing Gates from 31 to 45

Situated on the opposite ends, level 2 and level 3 are located on the same floor. L 2/3 at terminal 1 provide access to the arrival piers connected to the baggage belt and transfer area.

Operating as the departure level for domestic passengers, L4 is quite large. Beginning from the check-in hall, PESC, and SHA, it leads to the boarding gates 2-23. Plus, a few retail stores are also situated at level four, terminal 1, Delhi Airport, for enjoyable shopping therapy.

L5 at Terminal 1, Delhi Airport, can be accessed via an escalator going up from L4. It houses a lounge for flyers to relax and some food courts to enjoy culinary delights.

Upgraded Features at Terminal 1

The recently revamped Terminal 1 enhances the travel experience in the following ways:

  • The newly upgraded T1 has an integrated terminal for Departures and Arrivals.
  • Seamlessly blending industrial elements with a minimalist approach, the all-white palette gives a sophisticated look to T1.
  • The greenery around Terminal 1 provides a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere.
  • Equipped with an efficient HVAC system, T1 ensures the best indoor air quality for occupants.
  • The terminal has expanded space from 60000 sq m to 190000 sq m for ease of travellers.
  • Installation of Self Baggage Drop (SBD) facility at Terminal 1 for faster check-ins at all islands.
  • Deployment of DigiYatra at all touchpoints for a faster & seamless boarding process.
  • Boasting specialised seating, smart toilets, and Sunflower alliance, T1 is now PRM (Passenger with Reduced Mobility) friendly.
  • With ergonomically designed seating, dedicated charging ports, and USB, T1 ensures a comfortable travel experience.
  • Smarter Baggage Handling promises efficient tracking of bags and decreases the bag boarding time for the flight by 10x.
  • The RFID-enabled dedicated tray for each bag at terminal 1 ensures better luggage tracking.
  • The upgraded baggage handling system at T1 operates at a speed of 2.1 m/sec and sorts up to 6,000 bags/hour, promising reduced energy consumption.
  • T1 is a pre-certified green building under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum level.
  • Aiming to become a net zero carbon emission airport by 2030, T1 operates completely on renewable electricity.
  • T1 has an advanced hydrant refuelling system in all parking bays to save approx. 3,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
  • The wastewater at T1 is treated and reused for flushing and landscaping purposes. Also, it has rainwater harvesting pits for water positivity.
  • T1 now has more skylights for daylight integration and double glazing for energy-efficient operations. It has 100% LED lights with sensor-operated building illumination.

Transport to/from Terminal 1

A handy guide to help commute to and from Terminal 1 at Delhi Airport

Delhi Airport has a free shuttle service to help passengers commute between the terminals. Both flyers and staff can avail of this facility.

The Inter-Terminal shuttle can be boarded at Lane 1 Arrivals at T1. Follow the signs after dropping your bags to reach the shuttle. After presenting your boarding pass to the officials in charge at the kiosks, you can get a coupon for the free transit bus.

The service remains operational 24x7

A shuttle arrives every 20 minutes

To transit to and from T1, prepaid cabs, OLA, Uber, Meru cabs, WTi cabs, Mega cabs, and Carzonrent are available, among others. Flyers can book cab services via their smartphones or by calling their offices.

Taxis can be booked for commuting between the terminals from the Taxi Counters inside the airport premises. Flyers can board a taxi from T1 Arrivals.

The cabs are available 24x7

For passengers needing to travel between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, the DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) Metro Feeder Bus Service offers a convenient option. Catch the feeder bus from designated stops at both terminals for a nominal fee of ₹40. Please note this service is not available for transfers between Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.

A feeder bus arrives every 20 minutes

Delhi Metro is another convenient commute option to access Terminal 1. The Magenta Line links Janakpuri West to the Botanical Garden while connecting to Terminal 1-IGI Airport station. The transit time between T1 and the Botanical Garden is approximately 50 minutes.

The Magenta Line metro runs from 6:00 am to 11:06 pm

Trains operate at a frequency of five minutes and 14 seconds on the Magenta Line

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Which airlines operate from Delhi Airport Terminal 1?
IndiGo and SpiceJet primarily operate from Terminal 1.
All terminals are well-connected by shuttle buses that arrive every 20 minutes. You can also book a cab/taxi to reach Terminal 1 from other terminals.
Yes, foreign exchange services are available at Terminal 1.
Yes, free Wi-Fi services are available for passengers. Follow these 3 simple steps to access Wi-Fi:
  • Switch on Wi-Fi and select GMR Free Wi-Fi on your device.
  • Enter your mobile number and OTP.
  • Use the OTP and set your 4-digit numeric pin to access High-Speed Free Wi-Fi.
The distance between Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 at Delhi Airport is approximately 8 km. You can catch the airport shuttle or book a cab to cover this distance.
It is recommended to arrive at least 2 hours before your domestic flight departure.
Terminal 1 offers various facilities, including lounges, retail shops, eateries, and ATMs.

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