Oct 15, 2008
I was on my way to Delhi from Bangalore last week, and had carried my laptop for a change. It was a pleasant surprise to see Wi-Fi in airport lounge, and felt good to figure that the usage is for free. I then almost took it for granted that every major airport would have Wi-Fi. After all, a lot of people flying will be business travellers and would be delighted to be able to use their waiting time optimally.
But it was a surprise on my way back. As I waited in Delhi for my flight to arrive, I turned on the laptop and scoured for Wi-Fi. But I was disappointed - Delhi airport did not have Wi-Fi.
It is a bit surprising to me that one of the most important airports in the country does not offer internet to passengers. It doesn't have to be a free connection; even a pay-and-use one would be just fine and helps people use their time optimally. It's time for the authorities to tie up with an ISP and offer Wi-Fi internet.
Update: I read some online reports that Delhi airport does have Wi-Fi at Rs.60 per hour. May be it was a temporary glitch when I was there, or the terminal I was in was not a Wi-Fi hotspot.
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