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Airports in Delhi

Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)

Overview

The primary airport for India's capital and largest city, Indira Gandhi International Airport is located 10 miles (16km) southwest of New Delhi. The busiest airport in India, the facility was named for former prime minister Indira Gandhi.

Processing 30 million passengers each year, Indira Gandhi International Airport has had a major upgrade with the brand-new Terminal 3 opening in 2010. Formerly a dirty and crowded facility, the new terminal has plenty of shopping and dining opportunities for passengers. Friendly staff members are ready to assist in making gate transfers and finding transportation into New Delhi.

Flights to Indira Gandhi International Airport are available from many destinations worldwide, including London, Paris, Rome, Moscow, Tokyo, Beijing, Mauritius, Chicago, Abu Dhabi, Doha, and many destinations across the Asian subcontinent. Several low-cost airlines offer cheap flights to Indira Gandhi International Airport, and it's a base for ten Indian airlines, including jet Airways and Air India.

Location

The airport is located 12 miles (20km) south of Delhi.

Getting to the city

Train: The airport express Delhi Metro line connects the airport to central New Delhi. It operates from Terminal 3 between 5am and 11pm. Trains run at 20-minute intervals. The INR 80 tickets can be bought from the automatic ticket machines or at a manned counter.

Taxis: New Delhi's airport is well known for scams related to taxis and taxi fares. Passengers are advised to take a prepaid official airport taxi rather than trying to negotiate a fare with unofficial taxis outside the airport. The official airport taxi companies are Easy Cabs, Mega Cabs and Meru Cabs. Taxis fares into New Delhi vary, depending on which part of the city you're heading to, but fares are all calculated at a rate of INR 20 per kilometre during normal hours and INR 25 per kilometre between 11pm and 5am.

Bus: Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses run every 30 minutes between the airport and central Delhi's Interstate Bus Terminal and Connaught Place. The buses can be found at the 'staging area' near Terminal 3 and opposite the Centaur Hotel. The free DIAL shuttle runs between the staging area and the terminal every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day. Bus fares from the airport cost between INR 25 and INR 100, depending on your destination. Concessions are available for parents buying tickets for their kids.

Time

GMT +5.5

Contacts

+91 (0)11 329 6535, +91 (0)11 565 2011, IGIA Customer Care Line: +91 (0)12 4337 6000, Managing Director: +91 (0)25 696579

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New Delhi Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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