Delhi Metro’s Airport Express Line (AEL) has announced an increase in the operational speed of its trains from 100 Kmph to 110 Kmph, following the necessary approval from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS). According to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), this speed enhancement allows passengers to travel from New Delhi station to the airport (T-3) in approximately 16 minutes. The DMRC further highlighted that the airport is now much closer to the city centre, with Rajiv Chowk accessible within 15 minutes. The overall travel time from New Delhi to Dwarka Sec-21 on the AEL will be reduced to around 20 minutes. In the future, the DMRC plans to implement a maximum speed limit of 120 Kmph.
Regarding this achievement, the DMRC stated, “With this enhancement, the DMRC has set a new benchmark in the Indian metro sector by achieving a remarkable speed of 110 KMPH and continues to hold the distinction of being one of the fastest metro systems in the country.” The DMRC officials also mentioned that the speed of trains will be further increased to 120 Kmph after obtaining the necessary clearance.
Additionally, the DMRC highlighted recent measures taken for passenger convenience, including fast and cashless ticketing options through QR codes and WhatsApp-based ticketing, eliminating the need for travellers, especially those arriving from abroad, to visit ticket counters and stand in queues.