Indira Gandhi International Airport is expected to open India’s first terminal for private jets and charter flights by the end of July. According to the officials, the new terminal will provide faster turn arounds to charter flights and private jets and protect them from the mess of general passenger terminals.
The new terminal has facilities that include world-class passenger lounges, retail, food, and beverage equipped with state-of-the-art features. The terminal has a parking space for more than 65 jets of all sizes. The terminal can handle a maximum of 150 business jet movements a day. The average movement capacity of the terminal is 75 jets per day. It makes the terminal the highest capacity in entire South Asia.
A joint venture between Bird Group and ExecuJet Aviation Group, an international business aviation company based at Zurich Airport in Switzerland has built this terminal with over 150 crores.
This terminal will also be able to handle Boeing 767 business jets and any Boeing 777 with VIP configurations. JetSetGo Aviation is one of the firms that offer private jet services at Delhi IGI Airport. Their price for private and charter jets starts at Rs 80,000 per hour for an eight-seater turbo-prop and goes all the way to Rs 5-6 lakh per hour for a 16-seater jet.
During the lockdown, the number of daily non-scheduled flights remained between 8-10 flights a day which were mostly medical emergencies; at present, it is around 20-30 movements a day, and of these, at least 40% are for medical emergencies.