DEL Delhi Airport Info & Guide
Where is Delhi Airport?
Delhi is believed to be one of the world's oldest existing cities (along with Jerusalem and Varanasi). Legend pegs the city at 5,000 years old.
Now known as New Delhi, India's capital is a centre for commerce, education, finance, healthcare, research and development, and transportation. Widely known as a microcosm of India, Delhi is a cultural world leader in arts, entertainment, fashion, media and tourism.
Delhi International Airport (IATA: DEL, ICAO: VIDP), officially New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport, also referred to as New Delhi Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi Gandhi Airport, Indira Gandhi Airport, New Delhi International Airport, or simply New Delhi Airport, is located in Palam, South West Delhi, 16 kilometres (9.9 miles) from New Delhi city centre, National Capital Region of Delhi, India. While often referred to as IGI, IGI Airport, or IGIA, by locals, this is not an official airport code. The airport is named to honour Indira Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India.
In 2013, Delhi Airport served 36,712,455 passengers, making it the 32nd busiest airport in the world, and India's busiest, followed by Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM). A planned expansion program will increase DEL Delhi Airport's capacity to 100 million passengers annually by 2030.
Delhi Airport is a hub for Air India, GoAir, IndiGo, Jagson Airlines, Jet Airways, JetKonnect, SpiceJet and Vistara. Other airlines that fly to Delhi Airport include Air Canada, Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Emirates, flydubai, KLM, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic.
Cities with flights to Delhi Airport include Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Beijing, Chicago, Dubai, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Kathmandu, Lahore, London, Moscow, Nairobi, New York, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, Vienna and Zürich.
Your best bet for a Delhi Airport transfer is the train. Details on all options are included in this guide.
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Other Items of Interest at Delhi Airport
Services available at IGI Delhi Airport include:
- Plaza Premium Departure Lounges (showers, fee) - Domestic and International Departures - RESERVE NOW
- Plaza Premium Arrival Lounges (showers, fee) - Domestic and International Arrivals - RESERVE NOW
- Nap & Massage and Shower & Massage Lounges (pay-per-use)
- SAMS SNOOZE AT MY SPACE personal sleeping pods (pay-per-use)
- Ishana: yoga, healing pool, astrologist, ancient Indian games, books and music - and more
- Luggage storage (maximum 30 days)
- Kid Zone play area
- Pet Fly desk - Terminal 3
- Smoking area
- Prayer room
- RO (Reverse osmosis) purified drinking water
- Pharmacy and medical facilities
Tip: if you have a short layover, the Eaton Smart Hotel in Delhi Airport offer Aqua Pods: private shower rooms which can be booked for a minimum of one hour and provide full access to the hotel's services and facilities.
Plus, to make things easier if you are visiting India for the first time, Delhi Airport offers a list of words in Hindi to help you: Simple Words in Hindi
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