Delhi airport roof collapse: Terminal 1 likely to remain closed for weeks, report

Delhi airport's main domestic terminal is likely to remain closed for a few weeks after a canopy collapsed at Terminal 1 (T-1) last week, Reuters reported on Monday, citing sources with direct knowledge of the matter. Reported.

It is important to note that part of the roof, canopy and several beams of the domestic Terminal 1 collapsed on Friday following heavy rain in the national capital, resulting in one death and eight injuries, besides several flights. There were also cancellations and rescheduling.

Delhi Airport has three terminals: Terminal 1, Terminal 2, and Terminal 3. The recently expanded T1 terminal – which has the capacity to handle 40 million passengers annually – is used by budget carriers IndiGo and SpiceJet for domestic flights.

The temporary closure of Terminal 1 due to Friday's incident will increase pressure on two other terminals that also serve domestic flights, the report said.

“It may take a few weeks, if the problem is minor but very likely it may take more than a month if the problem is major,” Reuters quoted a source at GMR Airports Infrastructure as saying. Said, who runs the airport.

“No matter how long it takes, the terminal will not be reopened until everything is thoroughly checked,” the source added.

Meanwhile, GMR said in a statement that it was “too early” to provide details on when the T-1 terminal might resume operations.

Delhi Airport operates 1,400 flights per day across its three terminals. Flight operations from T1 were currently limited to less than 15% of total as they were gradually resuming following the recent expansion and refurbishment.

It may be noted that in the last three days, around 21,690 passengers of IndiGo and 925 passengers of SpiceJet have been affected and around 90 flights have been diverted to other terminals. Of these passengers, refunds have been processed for 9,972 passengers, including 9,431 passengers from IndiGo and 541 from SpiceJet, according to a Hindustan Times report.

Meanwhile, Civil Aviation Minister Rammohan Naidu today visited the Delhi Airport Operations Control Center (AOCC) to monitor the ongoing operations. He also held a meeting with senior officials of various aviation organizations including DGCA, BCAS, DIAL. The meeting focused on managing the transfer of flights from Terminal 1 to Terminals 2 and 3 and ensuring smooth operations.

Taking to microblogging platform X (earlier known as Twitter), Naidu said, “Inspected AOCC, IGI Airport, I along with Ministry of Civil Aviation, DGCA, BCAS, DIAL, and airline operators. Met to review current operations and passenger handling after transfer of flights from T1 to T2 and T3.”

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