Delhi’s 22.7 km long Airport Express Line train opened on 23 February 2011 connecting the Railway Station to Dwarka via the Airport. While this line is the most prestigious line, it doesn’t quite get the sort of ridership it deserves. Things are improving (Read: Delhi’s Airport Express shows signs of a turnaround), but it’s still very less. This could be blamed on the relatively higher fares or on the route itself as it passes through the Ridge and along National Highway 8 (which aren’t densely inhabited) for most of its length. Due to those reasons, many Dilliwalas haven’t quite had the chance to experience it, so here’s a nice virtual tour of the trains for all!
The trains have been manufactured by Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) from Spain and can run up to a speed of 120 kmph. In total, CAF has supplied Delhi with 8 train-sets each consisting of 6 trains which reside at the Airport Express Line’s Depot in Dwarka’s Sector 21.
In case of an emergency, travelers can use the front door to leave the train. The following two images demonstrate how the door opens up.
As you can see, there’s lots of sitting, standing and luggage space within the coaches.
Watch the DMRC’s short video on the line:
This line has been proposed to be extended by 12 kms to IFFCO Chowk in Gurgaon but there hasn’t been any movement on that. Whenever that happens, it’ll definitely help in giving this metro line yet another chance at being awesome.
For more updates on Delhi’s Metro system, please check out the Delhi section of the TMRG!