As per reports, Indira Gandhi International Airport has turned in to a hub for transit passengers due to an increase in number of flyers who are not bound for Delhi. From 2.3% transit traffic of all traffic in 2010, the numbers have now moved up to 11.1 million transit passengers, which is 20 % of the 55.5 million passengers the airport handled in 2016. Due to the increase in demand, which was lagging previously as the airlines were hesitant in using the airport as an interchange because of the dearth of facilities, the Delhi International Airport has had to expand the transfer area of Terminal 3. I Prabhakara Rao, CEO-Delhi International Airport Limited was quoted as having said, “The increase in passengers, along with the addition of new routes in domestic and international sectors by major airlines over the past five years, has made Delhi airport India’s most preferred hub for interchange. We have built this airport keeping in mind future requirements and changing composition from Origin/Destination (O&D) passengers to transfer passengers. We have also integrated domestic and international operations. Today, a minimum connect time is required for airlines if they are using Delhi airport as a hub.”
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