Aviation industry experts are affirmative on the addition of Delhi Aerocity near the IGIA, as a major factor in boosting passenger traffic to and from the national capital.
"The Areocity project will add hotel rooms, office space and commercial activity area and with two airlines making the city's airport as a hub will only add value to the travelling passenger," Ankur Bhatia, member, Confederation of Indian Industry's panel on civil aviation, told IANS.
The Aerocity project is expected to ultimately house 16 luxury hotels and commercial spaces. Currently, major brands like Marriott, Lemon Tree Premier and Red Fox hotels are in operation in the Aerocity complex.
Patu Keswani, chairman and managing director, Lemon Tree Hotel Company, said passenger traffic from the IGIA would grow.
"We are very positive that air traffic from Delhi is bound to grow. This is evident with the fact that Tata-SIA's proposed airline has indicated that they might make Delhi as their operations hub," Keswani said.
Becoming the hub of at least two airlines and housing a 43-acre hospitality district, the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here is set for a big leap in passenger traffic. Currently, no airport in India caters to two airlines as a hub or a base of operations. Also, there is neither any hospitality-based Aerocity operational anywhere else in the country.
"Delhi airport is already the busiest in India with passenger traffic growing in double digits. Addition of infrastructure like Aerocity project will help it in absorbing the growth in passenger traffic," said Rajiv Chib, associate director, aerospace and defence at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Last year the IGIA handled approximately 36.77 million passengers and 590,000 tonnes of cargo.
Source: [Buisness Standard]