Monday, June 19, 2017

New ATC in 3 months to boost flying handling capacity

The much-delayed new air-traffic control tower at IGI Airport may finally get operational in three months. At 102.9 metres, it is the tallest tower in India and zooms over the current 60m-high tower that was built in 1999. The new tower is crucial in the plan submitted by UK-based ATC specialist NATS to Delhi airport for increasing the hourly flight handling capacity of its runways.
Airports Authority of India chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra told TOI: "There was a delay in constructing the new tower. All systems and machinery have been put in place. It will begin operation and we will have simultaneous operations from both the old and new towers. In about a year, IGI will have complete ATC operations from the new tower."
A senior ATC official said a schedule has been drawn up for a three-part strategy: initiating operations at the new tower; holding simultaneous operations from both old and new towers and, then, finally switching over completely to the new tower. The tallest-in-India tower will help ATC controllers keep a bird's-eye view of operations on the three runways as well as the fourth one that is scheduled to be ready by 2021. It was supposed to have become operational a year back.
19/06/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India