Delhi Airport located 23 km south of the Capital is the major gateway for foreign visitors to India. The Delhi airport is the both an important domestic and international link for the country. Indira Gandhi International Airport is an international gateway whereas the Palam Airport provides the domestic connection. Delhi airport has two terminals, Terminal 1 is domestic and Terminal 2 is international. The Domestic terminal is further subdivided into 2 sub terminals namely Terminal 1A, Terminal 1B and Domestic Arrival Terminal. The national Indian Airlines' domestic flights and flights of Alliance Air fly from terminal 1A whereas private airlines namely Air Sahara, Air Deccan, Jet Airways etc and other other private aircrafts take off from terminal 1B. The distance from 1A to 1 B is about 8 km. It is 5 km away from the terminal 2, the Indira Gandhi International Airport or the terminal 2.
About 35 airlines take off at regular interval to major cities across the globe from Indira Gandhi International Airport, terminal 2. Some of the important airlines that take off from international airports are Air India,Air Sahara, American Airlines, Asian Airlines,British Airways, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Emirates, Indian Airlines, Kuwait Airways to name a few. Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi topped the list of the busiest airports of South Asia for recording the traffic of about 8.5 million passengers in 2005-2006. Safdarjung Airport is the oldest airport in New Delhi now used for general aviation purpose. It acted as the main airport of the Capital before Indira Gandhi International Airport was constructed.
International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi (IGIA) is an important gateway to India for overseas travellers, which link up the entire world with North India. In the International Terminal or the Terminal II of Indira Gandhi International Airport there are 35 international airlines flying at regular intervals around the major cities of the Globe. Terminal 2 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi was introduced on 2 May 1986. Terminal 1 is the old Palam airport, which is now used purely for Domestic operations. The total capacity of Indira Gandhi International Airport is 12.5 million passengers per annum. The year 2005-2006 recorded the traffic of 16.2 million passengers per annum making it the busiest airport of South Asia. Indira Gandhi International Airport is noted for its two non-parallel runways. The main runway is 12,500 ft and the auxiliary runway is 9,229 ft. The main runway of the Delhi airport is a unique runway of India that is furnished with CAT III-B Instrument Landing System. Indira Gandhi International Airport is the hub of several Indian and International Airlines linking the Capital city with the rest of the World. Here of the names of few international carriages operating from the capital: The International Terminal (Terminal II) has 35 airlines flying to major cities across the world.
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