Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Runway 4 of Delhi's IGI airport nears completion, will make Delhi airport India's first with four runways

Chances are that the new runway 4 at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport could be wrapped up by October-end, according to sources.

After it becomes operational, Delhi airport will become India's first with four runways.

The new runway is 4,400 metres long and 75 metres wide. The third runway 29/11, which runs parallel to the fourth, is a bit bigger.

The fourth runway is expected to ease the pressure of a likely rise in flight operations. The new runway will considerably cut waiting time for flights to land and take off, officials said.

This work is part of Phase III-A of the Delhi airport expansion plan. The original deadline for the plan is mid to end of 2022.

Work on the runway, stalled due to the second coronavirus lockdown, picked up May onwards and it won't likely take more than three months for it to reach completion, ToI reported.

DGCA will conduct an inspection of the installation of critical equipment such as instrument landing system localiser and CAT-III gear. Another round of inspection will be done after the installion process is complete, after which the go-ahead is likely to be given to start trials.

Trials of the runway could start in November 2021, ToI reported citing sources. Such trials usually require a number of clearances, so operation could take a few months to begin.

11/08/21 Economic Times

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