Scindia inaugurates Delhi Airport’s fourth runway and Eastern Cross Taxiways
The fourth runway and dual elevated Eastern Cross Taxiways (ECT) became operational at the Delhi airport , a development that will increase the capacity and operational efficiency of the country’s largest airport, which is expected to have an annual passenger handling strength of 109 million in the near future.
Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia inaugurated the fourth runway and ECT and said the country’s civil aviation sector is at an inflection point and the beginning of the growth phase.
Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) is the first airport in the country to have four runways and an elevated ECT. It handles around 1,500 aircraft movements every day.
With the fourth runway and terminal expansion, which is expected to be completed soon, Scindia said Delhi airport’s passenger handling capacity will increase to 109 million per annum.
Currently, the capacity is 70 million passengers per year, he said and emphasised that Delhi airport will even beat Atlanta airport in its capabilities.
The fourth runway will result in the airport being able to handle more flights. It will increase the capacity throughput from the current level of 1,400 to 1,5000 aircraft movements to almost 2,000, Scindia said at the inauguration of the fourth runway and the ECT.
Air travel demand is on the rise and in June, domestic air passenger traffic rose nearly 19 per cent year-on-year to around 1.25 crore.
With the operationalisation of the ECT, taxiing time for planes will come down to around 10-12 minutes from around 20 minutes earlier, Scindia said.
Talking about the ECT, he also said that while planes will be taxiing on the ECT, vehicles will be moving on the road below.
Two wide-body planes like A380 and B 777 can use the ECT simultaneously, he added.
A ceremonial water cannon salute was accorded to an Air India plane to mark the operationalisation of the fourth runway. Flight AI 821 took off from Delhi to Srinagar. (Source NDTV)