Guide for the First-Time Travellers from T3 New Delhi Airport

Indira Gandhi International Airport

Guide for International and Domestic Departures/Arrivals from T3 (Delhi Airport)

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Indra Gandhi International Airport - T3, New Delhi Airport
Are you a first-time traveler from the T3 Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi?
Find latest updates on health related safety measure being taken by Delhi Airport for domestic flights departing from 25th May ’20.

Is this your first-time flight journey? Do you have a flight to New Delhi? then, you have come to the right page…

Read this “First Time Flying Guide” and be a pro!

Note: If you are looking to track Indira Gandhi International Departures or arrivals(flight status) then scroll to the last section of this article (Track Departures/Arrivals… Just click on the option given in the index above). 

This is a New Delhi Airport Information Guide, from entering the airport until you board the plane at T3 Airport – one of the best in the world. Check out the latest standards being followed by the airport authorities in view of COVID-19.

Travel updates on COVID-19

As per the govt. mandate, domestic scheduled flight operations will resume in a graded manner from 25th May 2020. 

List of cities to which flights will start:

Ahmedabad
Amritsar
Bagdogra
Bangalore
Bhubaneshwar
Chandigarh
Chennai
Delhi
Aizawal
Bhopal
Guwahati
Imphal
Vadodara
Gorakhpur
Indore
Kannur
Gwalior

Dibrugarh
Goa
Hyderabad
Jammu
Kochi
Kolkata
Leh
Lucknow
Kishangarh
Kandia
Kanpur
Porbandar
Vijayawada
Amritsar
Coimbatore
Dehradun
Jabalpur

Mumbai
Pune
Raipur
Srinagar
Trivandrum
Udaipur
Varanasi
Agartala
Jaipur
Nagpur
Patna
Port Blair
Silchar
Kolhapur
Imphal
Kozhikode
Jharduguda

Madurai
Mangalore
Rajahmundry
Ranchi
Shirdi
Surat
Tirupati
Trichi
Tuticorin
Udaipur
Vadodara
Vizag
Adampur
Belgaum
Dharamsala
Durgapur


Flight durations & fare ranges

40-minute
40-60 minutes
60-90 minutes
90-120 minutes
120-150 minutes
150-180 minutes
180-210 minutes

Rs 2000 and Rs 6000
Rs 2,500 and Rs 7,500
Rs 3,000 and Rs 9,000
Rs 3,500 and Rs 10,000
Rs 4500 and Rs 13000
Rs 5500 and Rs 15700
Rs 6500 and Rs 18600

New/additional procedures & guidelines for domestic flights

Departure

The following procedures will be followed along with some regular procedures.

– Reporting time is 2 hours prior to departure.
– Mask and gloves are mandatory.
– Registration with ‘Aarogya Setu’ app is mandatory. People with red status cannot travel.
– Thermal screening before entering terminal and bag sanitization.
– Only web check-in allowed. Go to the airline’s website to check-in online, enter your details and get the softcopy of your boarding pass.
– Only 1 check-in bag allowed. Please avoid using trolleys.
– Sanitizers will be available at various locations.
– Social distancing markings will be available everywhere.
– No queuing for toilets.
– No meals will be served on board.

Arrival

– Deplaning in batches.
– Social distancing markings will be available everywhere (gates/ladders/coaches/ramps).
– Baggage sanitization before putting it on conveyor belts. Use of trolleys should be discouraged.
– Sufficient staff for guidance everywhere.
– Car parking would be monitored strictly.

Regular procedures

 You can also enjoy watching the entire boarding process on T3 Airport followed in pre-COVID era. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel

Get down at the right gate

Both, Domestic and International flights take off from T3. If you are traveling domestical then get down at the initial gates and if, traveling international then get down after the half stretch.

This is suggested because the check-in counters are located according to the said arrangement (first domestic and then international), not necessarily but mostly. There are boards specifying the “domestic” and “International” outside the airport.

It is a small thing but if you don’t pay attention to this then you will have to walk quite a while. Also, the last gate is reserved for staff entry, you will not be able to use it. 

Keep your documents ready

Whether you have a flight to New Delhi or from New Delhi, always keep your documents ready.

Once you are at the entrance gate of the airport, keep your passport and air tickets ready. It is okay to carry a soft copy of your air tickets on your mobile.

Find Check-in counter row for your flight on the display

Upon entering, you will find a set of displays for information on different flights. The counters are open 3 hours prior to the departure for international flights and 2 hours prior, for the domestic flights.

Each check-in counter row is defined by a letter. Look at the flight number specified in your ticket and search for that number on the display.

There will be 7 columns on it, which will provide the following information:

a. STD – Scheduled Time of Departure
b. ETD – Expected Time of Departure
c. TO/VIA – Your destination city (if it is a via flight then look for the 1st stop)
d. AIRLINES – The airways with which you are flying
e. FLIGHT – Your flight number
f. STATUS – Check-in (open/ closed/ boarding/ delayed/departed)
g. ROW – Specifies the counter row

Make sure you complete web check-in in time, this will help you in avoiding long queues at the check-in counter.
You get the privilege to choose your seats and the meal. You will also find kiosks near the counters to do the self-check-in, in case you do that then you can queue in the baggage drop line(comparatively shorter).
The web check-in starts 48 hours prior to the flight departure and closes approx 5 hours prior to the departure.

Indra Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi Airport T3
Self-check-in, New Delhi Airport T3

Check-in and Baggage drop

If you have checked-in online

bag drop queue - Indra Gandhi International Airport - New Delhi Airport T3
bag drop queue – Economy class, IGI Airport Delhi – T3

Go straight towards the check-in row, look for “Baggage Drop” or a board that says “Queues for online check-in”.

Such counters are usually at the beginning or at the end of the row. These queues are short and the process is quick as half of the work is already completed by you.

If you have NOT checked-in online

Go to the row and stand in a decent queue. Wait for your turn and get your boarding passes.

You can request your desired seats, most of the times you get it (subject to availability). Some airlines charge for seats with extra leg space like for seats near the emergency exit.

Note: Check-in counters close 60 minutes prior to the flight departure from T3 whereas at domestic terminals (T2 or T1),  45 minutes prior to the departure.

Baggage size

Each airline has a specified baggage limit per passenger. If you think you have extra luggage then you can weigh your luggage at any empty check-in counter before proceeding to collect your boarding passes.

In case you can’t exclude extra luggage then you have an option to pay for every extra kilogram. The price is different for each airline.

Keep track of the size of your hand luggage, it should not be huge. Large bags are not allowed in the cabin. You can cross check the dimensions on your Airlines’ site.

Prohibited items

Prohibited Items at IGI
Prohibited Items at IGI

There are restrictions on the items you carry inside your hand luggage and check-in luggage.

Inside the hand luggage

Bottles of 100 ml liquid/cream are allowed, not more than that. Even half-empty bottles of 125 ml will not be allowed. The bottle size should only be for 100 ml liquid. Sharp things and dairy products are not allowed.

You can carry sharp things and liquids inside your check-in luggage. Nail paints,