Friday, August 31, 2018

AAI has a plan to quicken your boarding process at IGI and Mumbai airport

The Airport Authority of India (AIA) is planning to chuck out the small and slow-moving turboprops with an eye on optimising the capacity of large airports like Delhi and Mumbai.
Turboprop aircrafts are smaller in size and are often considered as a cross between a piston prop airplane and a turbine engine jet. Turboprops are specifically designed to be the most efficient at low altitudes and slower speeds under mph. If flown at correct altitude and airspeed they burn less fuel.
Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport and Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja International Airport, are two of the busiest in the country handling two-third of the air traffic that India witnesses.
To utilise the capacity of the airports, AIA plans to shift turboprops out.
AAI plans to increase the hourly aircraft movement and the passenger handling capacity of the airports. "The runway occupancy time of turboprops is much higher than other planes. We are not saying that turboprop flights under regional connectivity scheme (RCS, which fly to smaller airports) should be stopped. But if Delhi and Mumbai are currently connected to a city by turboprop and that city’s airport can take an Airbus A-320 or Boeing 737 type aircraft, airlines should shift to those planes,”  AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra said.
31/08/18 Economic Times
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