Friday, June 30, 2023

Indira Gandhi Airport set to start operations on fourth runway from July 13

New Delhi: The long-awaited fourth runway, named 'Runway 29 Right and 11 Left' (29R/11L), of Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), will commence operations on July 13. According to a Times of India report, the Chairman of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) confirmed the dates.

The fourth runway at Indira Gandhi International Airport will enhance the hosting facility for domestic and international flights in the National Capital. The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said, initially, the runway will be used for departure purposes only.

The DIAL further said that once the fourth runway gets operational, they will close the main runway between terminals 1 and 3 and the closest to the Shivaji statue for repair purposes.

If everything goes well, then IGIA will have all four runways functioning within a year, which will increase its capacity to 100 flights an hour.

In 2016, Delhi Airport ranked 9th among the world's ten busiest airports, as it handles 5.9 crore people annually.

The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has prepared a trained Air Trained Traffic Controller (ATC) to manage the operations on the new runway. 

Delhi Airport will become the first Indian airport with four runways. With this fourth runway, IGI will soon become the world's busiest airport.

30/06/2023 Sudeep Singh Rawat/Business Standard

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