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Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri Thursday inaugurated India's first General Aviation Terminal at Delhi airport. The exclusive terminal will handle the flight operations of private jets.

With the facility, Delhi Airport marks a milestone of setting up high-end infrastructure for passengers. The new terminal has been built to support the movement and processing of passengers flying through chartered flights from IGI Airport.

The terminal has 57 parking bays and can handle up to 150 private jet flights per day.

During the inauguration ceremony, Puri said the Delhi airport was handling around 40 "general aviation" flights per day before the pandemic, and it is currently handling around 20 such flights per day.

Flight operations of private jets are classified under the "general aviation" category.

"This terminal looks good. People like me use the other terminals (earmarked for commercial passenger flights) but those who use this terminal, I am sure their feedback - when they start using it - will also be very positive," Puri said.

"I am sure this (terminal) will be a small but significant boost to general aviation," Puri added.

The new terminal has spacious passenger lounges, retail and food and beverage sections and 24x7 personal concierge services, said Delhi airport's operator DIAL in a press release on Thursday.

There is a common processing area with customs and immigrations and there is an immediate access to private jet aircraft stands from the terminal, the DIAL noted.

The terminal can handle over 50 passengers every hour, stated the GMR group-led DIAL.

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