Sleeping pods come to Delhi International Airport

In what is a first for an Indian airport, the recently opened Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport has introduced nap cabins for the convenience of transit passengers. Christened ‘Sams Snooze at my Space’ cabins, the ‘sleeping pods’ are aimed at passengers in transit or those who have morning departures or late arrivals. The private cabins are equipped with beds, tables for using laptops, WiFi connectivity, electric plugs, flat-screen TVs, DVD players and sockets for charging cellphones.

Five ‘snooze cabins’ have been installed at the Delhi Airport’s international departure pier, opposite boarding gate number 17 at T3 and can be rented for Rs 315 (EUR5, USD7) per hour. According to a Delhi International Airport spokesperson, the use of cabins come at a nominal cost compared to the charges of transit hotels at other major airports across the world. “Transit passengers now need not worry about making reservations in nearby hotels for early or late departures. These nap cabins provide for a comfortable place inside the terminal where passengers can work, sit, sleep, relax and unwind”.

Airlines also welcomed the addition, saying that with Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport slated to become a major hub for southeast Asia, it was important to offer passengers such basic comforts. “The idea of having to spend five to six hours at an airport waiting for a connecting flight can be quite a horror for many and such initiatives will definitely make IGI an attractive stop-over option for passengers,” said an airline official.

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