New Delhi airport's new terminal now operational with new tech

by CXOtoday Staff    Aug 16, 2010

The newly constructed Terminal 3 (T3) at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), New Delhi was made flight ready in mid-July and international operations have also been phased over from Terminal 2 to T3. Preparations are also underway to cater to full service carriers so as to begin domestic operations. The passenger technology for the new terminal has been provided by ARINC Inc., a company that provides communications, engineering and integration solutions for commercial, defense and governments worldwide. ARINC had completed a similar project last year, installing passenger systems for IGIA’s domestic Terminal 1D.

I. Prabhakara Rao, Chief Executive Officer (Airport Development) of Delhi International Airport Pvt. Ltd. (DIAL), said,” Passenger delight has always been one single goal for us at DIAL, and I strongly believe that we will achieve that with the opening of T3. We have worked very closely with ARINC to implement the best ideas and solutions in the industry.”

The T3 project is involved deployment of more than 550 ARINC vMuse passenger check-ins and BagLink Baggage Messaging. ARINC vMuse is a new passenger processing solution that enables airlines to focus on just one suite of check-in applications while BagLink is a baggage messaging server that enables baggage to be sorted and routed remotely.

Network connectivity across the airlines’ DCS hosts and back offices is provided by ARINC’s AviNet Airport technology. ARINC has also worked in partnership with Quantum Aviation Solutions to install 90 handheld scanners for the deployment of an automated baggage reconciliation system (BRS) that will supposedly handle 12,800 pieces of baggage per hour.

For security, ARINC has deployed its VeriPax service at T3, which is supposed to be the first implementation of the product at an Indian airport. With VeriPax, security agencies will be able to automatically validate boarding passes against the airport’s operational database, to prevent passengers with counterfeit passes from entering the secure hold area.

Jim L. Martin, Managing Director, ARINC (Asia Pacific Division), said, “Our projects at New Delhi IGIA Terminals 1D and 3 are testament to the confidence DIAL has placed in ARINC to manage all their passenger technology needs. We will continue to support DIAL, with a team dedicated to growing the airport into a major hub in the region. We also look forward to future opportunities to support the growth of aviation in India.”

DIAL, which is a consortium led by GMR Group and comprised of Airports Authority of India, Fraport AG, Eraman Malaysia, and India Development Fund, has been given the mandate to operate, maintain, develop, design, construct, finance, upgrade, and modernize Indira Gandhi International Airport until 2036. Terminal 3 is an integrated passenger terminal complex designed to handle 37 million passengers per year, and it will intended to help handle the influx of visitors for the Commonwealth Games scheduled in Delhi in October 2010.