Friday, October 28, 2016

UK firm asked to suggest means to optimize use of Mumbai airport’s runways

With congestion at Mumbai Airport worsening by the day and flight delays becoming the norm, the government has roped in a British agency to find ways to increase its the runways' hourly aircraft handling capacity.
"Mumbai airport's operator has asked the UK-based NATS (one of the best known air traffic control solutions and airport performance firms globally) to do a study to optimise the use of runways, at the behest of the aviation ministry. Mumbai is handling large traffic (given its constraints) but there has to be further improvement. The available space can be redesigned to increase the number of aircraft movement per hour. Our air navigation services are also trying to find ways of doing it," Airports Authority of India (AAI) chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra told TOI, while admitting that Mumbai needs the Navi Mumbai airport.
With its two cross runways, Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) handles 45 flights per hour while the country's busiest airport, IGI Airport at New Delhi, has three runways but handles only 67. "In terms of handling air traffic, Mumbai ATC is doing a superlative job given the constraints. But even this is not enough to handle the growing traffic there," said an airline official.
27/10/16 Saurabh Sinha/The Times Of India