Indian authorities have decided to delay the transfer of domestic flights to the new terminal at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, after power and water supply problems surfaced at the new facility.
Air India, Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines were initially supposed to move their domestic operations to the new terminal three on 27 August. However, this has been put on hold until after mid-September, when India's civil aviation ministry will conduct a review before deciding on a new date.
International flights had started operations at the new terminal on 28 July. But since then, several operational problems have surfaced.
The terminal's power supply is "erratic" because the commissioning of an electrical substation has been delayed, says India's civil aviation ministry. As a result, some baggage handling and security equipment are not working properly.
The substation will be ready only on 15 September, adds the ministry.
Besides problems with the power supply, the terminal is also facing a water supply shortage, it says.
In addition, a metro line connecting the new terminal to central New Delhi is not ready yet and will be operational only in mid-September, adds the ministry.