After a gap of six months, Reliance Infrastructure-run Delhi Airport Metro Express was back on track on January 22, bringing smiles on the faces of commuters looking for seamless travel to the airport. Commercial operations of the 23-km corridor that connects Connaught Place with Terminal-3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport resumed at 5.30 am and passengers were charged a flat rate of Rs 30 as an inaugural day offer.
Trains on the Line will run at a drastically reduced speed of 50 km per hour from the earlier speed of 105 km per hour. This was decided by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety who inspected the corridor last week. However, the speed will be gradually increased after periodic inspection by the Delhi Metro.
Passengers could not avail check-in and baggage facilities on the day. Reliance Infra officials said a separate notification would be issued for this. Though resumption of services would bring smiles on the faces of commuters, an 18-20 minute journey from Connaught Place to the Terminal 3 of IGI Airport will hitherto take at least 30 to 35 minutes, effectively failing the purpose of a high-speed corridor.