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Delhi Airport proposes relocation of low-cost carriers to Noida and Hindon airports


To optimise capacity utilisation and capitalise on lucrative opportunities, Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in Delhi intends to concentrate primarily on serving full-service carriers using large aircraft such as Boeing 777 and Airbus A350. As justification, these widebody aircraft typically yield greater revenues due to elevated landing fees and ancillary charges when contrasted against smaller counterparts.

Moreover, full-service passengers often engage with upscale offerings including luxury shopping venues, exclusive lounges, and superior facilities – thereby augmenting overall income streams for the airport.

To mitigate terminal crowding and foster strategic alignment, IGI Airport advocates for budget airlines to transfer their operations to nearby emerging hubs: Noida International Airport in Jewar and Hindon Airport in Ghaziabad.

Presently, IGI handles around 8,554 weekly scheduled flights; among these, roughly 38.5% belong to IndiGo, one of the prominent Indian low-cost carriers according to data provided by aviation analysis company Cirium.

With Hindon currently functional and Noida slated to initiate service before year end, IGI seeks to transition all cost-conscious air travel providers to these alternative locations. By doing so, not only would IGI be able to enhance efficiency while catering predominantly to profitable segments, but regional expansion efforts could simultaneously bolster local economies surrounding newly developed transportation nodes.

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