Focus Delhi

Indira Gandhi International Airport

Got to make a trip to Delhi for a vacation or business? You can fly to the Indira Gandhi International Airport, one of the major gateways to India.

About the airport

This major airport of Delhi was earlier known as the Palam Airport. It was built around the time of World War II. At that time, it served as the air force station. In 1962, it became the most important airport for passenger transportation. Today, it is one of the largest Indian airports. It is also one of the busiest airports in the world. It forms the major link between Delhi and the other parts of the world.

The Terminals

The Indira Gandhi Airport consists of five terminals

  • Terminal 1 – It is the domestic air terminal. It is used for domestic flight operations. It has four sub-terminals:
    • 1. Terminal 1A
    • 2. Terminal 1B
    • 3. Terminal 1C
    • 4. Terminal 1C
  • Terminal 2 – It is the international air terminal for Delhi.
  • Terminal 3 – This world-class terminal enjoys the reputation of being the eighth largest passenger terminal.
  • Cargo Terminal – This state-of-the-art terminal handles all cargo operations.
  • Hajj Terminal – It is opened only during October to November to cater to the Muslim Hajj pilgrims.

Domestic flights

The Indira Gandhi International Airport is the home of domestic airlines like

  • GoAir,
  • MDLR Airlines,
  • Indian Airlines
  • Air India Regional
  • IndiGo
  • Jet Airways,
  • JetLite,
  • Kingfisher Airlines
  • SpiceJet.

International flights

The Delhi International Airport caters to flights of international airlines like:

  • Virgin Atlantic Airways,
  • Kuwait Airways,
  • Kyrgyzstan Airlines,
  • Lufthansa,
  • Malaysia Airlines,
  • Oman Air,
  • Pakistan International Airlines,
  • Qatar Airways,
  • Royal Jordanian,
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines,
  • Singapore Airlines,
  • Swiss International Airlines,
  • Thai Airways International,
  • Turkish Airlines,
  • Turkmenistan Airlines,
  • Uzbekistan Airways,
  • Air Mauritius,
  • Air Mauritius,
  • American Airlines,
  • Austrian Airlines,
  • Biman Bangladesh Airlines,
  • British Airways,
  • China Airlines,
  • Continental Airlines,
  • Druk Air,
  • Emirates Airlines,
  • Ethiopian Airlines


Finding transportation from the airport is very easy. The Delhi Government itself operates a secure cab service from the international terminal. You can get a prepaid cab from the Delhi Traffic Police Taxi Booth to go to any area of Delhi. If you are looking for train access to any part of Delhi from the airport, you can try

  • The Delhi Airport Metro Express train service
  • The Delhi Gurgaon Expressway

Bus service is also available from the Indira Gandhi Airport. The Delhi Transport Corporation, the main public transport operator in Delhi, operates several buses to this airport.

Facts about the Delhi Airport

  • The airport has been named after Indira Gandhi, the late former Prime Minister of India.
  • The airport handles approximately 9500 international passengers a day.
  • It handles approximately 13100 domestic passengers on a daily basis.
  • 35 airlines operate from the international terminal of the airport.
  • It is the most important aviation hub in South Asia.
  • The Indira Gandhi International Airport is being restyled to be able to handle more than 100 million passengers by 2030.