Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Agencies to brainstorm on how to handle flights better at Mumbai airport

Mumbai’s choked airport is a pain point for travellers to and from the city due to incessant flight delays and now the authorities are struggling how to handle the megacity’s growing traffic till the Navi Mumbai airport gets ready in about four years. While Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) is the world’s busiest single runway airport, aviation agencies will brainstorm this week to see if it is possible to somehow increase aircraft handling capacity without compromising safety.
Airports Authority of India (AAI) will hold a review with Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) and air traffic controllers (ATC). AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra said: “I will meet officials from ATC and MIAL to see what more can be done as CSIA is now operating at full capacity and Mumbai’s (air traffic handling) will increase when Navi Mumbai is ready. We will see what improvement can be done in the next three to four years, till Navi Mumbai is ready. We are reviewing to see if capacity of CSIA can be increased.”
On a daily average, Mumbai handles 950 flights daily. The average hourly movement is 46 (landing plus take off), a number which sometimes goes up to 52. Having two cross runways means only one can be used at a time and CSIA is the world’s busiest single runway airport.
A CSIA official said the airport is always looking at ways to augment utilisation by looking at terminals, airside and cityside.
05/06/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India