Friday, August 11, 2017

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport: Technical change in taxiway to boost operational capacity, say airport staff

Mumbai: A technical change in the angle of the taxiway would add to the operational capacity of the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), Mumbai, officials from Air Traffic Control (ATC) said. The change, which would save five seconds per flight, will in turn add to the number of flights landing and taking off from the airport.
The airport sees 48 flights and 52 flights in peak hours take-off and land every hour, respectively. The angle of the taxiway would be changed from 90 degrees to 45 degrees for reducing the runway occupation times of the aircraft. “The experiment, if proved successful, could easily add the operation of one or two flights per hour. The effort is part of a move to improve the operational capacity of the Mumbai airport. We will analyse the process after due permissions are received,” an official from Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) said.
The official said that the airport, which sees an operation of 900 flights on an average, could see an increase of 15-20 flights. The move will specifically help the smaller aircraft that see 80 per cent traffic at the airport, officials from the ATC said.
11/08/17 Indian Express