Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Flight operations committee working on plan to increase efficiency at IGI Airport

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, which is the busiest airport in the country, is gearing up to handle 30% more flights per hour in the next three years. The airport handles up to 73 movements per hour, which is likely to be increased to 95 movements per hour by 2021. A movement includes both departures and arrivals.

“The Delhi airport is going to go from 70 movements or so to over 90 per hour. We have set up a flight operations committee, which is working on this plan. There is also a major consulting effort with NATS to train all stakeholders such as Air Traffic Control officers, ground personnel and pilots to be able to get to those kind of movements. Two new terminals are also going to be built in Delhi, which is likely to see more than 100 million passenger trips a year and is going to be one of the top five airports in the world,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha told The Hindu in an interview recently.

NATS is UK’s leading air traffic service provider and has been helping the Airports Authority of India (AAI) in enhancing operational efficiency at IGI.

Last year, the airport was able to increase its capacity from 67 flights per hour to up to 73 flights through profile scheduling, which caters to peaks and troughs in traffic movement.
03/07/18 Jagriti Chandra/The Hindu