Quite close to the start of the Commonwealth Games, Delhi gets a new, world-class Terminal 3, at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. On Saturday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the Rs10,000-crore terminal. The airports at Bangalore and Hyderabad are two other new airports in the country.

The construction was completed in 37 months, and it is a model of the accomplishment of the public-private partnership. At 5.4 million sq.ft, the brand new building is touted as the sixth largest across the planet. This terminal will see hoards of tourists and visitors in the month ahead, just in time for the Games. The airport is disabled-friendly and functions on eco-friendly principles.

At IGI, international flights will start operating from July 14, and domestic ones from July 31. Emphasising the airport’s role in India’s economical development, he said that the country now has 10 scheduled airlines operating in the country, whereas there were only two in 1990. Also that we’ve turned out to be the 9th largest aviation market in the world.

Minister Praful Patel said that the industry plans to set up a ritzy new airport at Mumbai, as it’s getting quite crowded and the city is desperately in need of another airport. The Airports Authority of India plans to modernise 35 non-metro airports in the next couple of years.