Thursday, December 16, 2021

19 new aircraft stands at Delhi airport T1

New Delhi: To make the Delhi airport “future-ready”, 19 new aircraft stands have been made operational under the first phase of the expansion work at Indira Gandhi International Airport’s Terminal 1 apron, the area where planes are parked.

“The apron or tarmac area is being built in three phases. In the first phase, 19 out of 82 Code C stands have been constructed. The new stands have become operational after statutory approval from Directorate General of Civil Aviation,” Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said on Wednesday. Code C aircraft are bigger planes like A320 and B737 that have a wingspan measuring between 24 metres and 36 metres.

“The completion of the first phase of work for the expansion of T1’s new smart apron is another step towards enhancing the infrastructure and passenger experience at the Delhi airport to make it future-ready,” said Prabhakar Rao, deputy managing director of GMR Group that runs DIAL.

The total number of parking stands at T1 will increase from 55 to 82, including 22 contact and 8 MARS stands, DIAL stated. A contact stand is suitable for walking passengers to and from an aircraft from an allocated gate, while a MARS stand can cater to both codes C and E aircraft.

The move will not only improve operational efficiency and safety on the airside, but also contribute towards reducing harmful CO2 emissions, underlining DIAL’s commitment to environment-friendly initiatives, he added. After Phase 3A, IGIA will be able to handle 140 million passengers per annum, Rao said.

16/12/21 Zumbish/Times of India

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