Wednesday, June 28, 2023

IGIA likely to rank among Top 5 busiest airports globally as 4th runway will begin operation on July 13

New Delhi: By becoming operational on July 13, the fourth runway at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in the national capital will finally be put into use enhancing the hosting facility for domestic and international flights. Initially, it will be used for departures only, airport authorities said.

According to the Times Of India (TOI) report, the head of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) Sanjeev Kumar confirmed the date of the opening saying when the runway will be operational the IGIA will have an equal number of runways to Dulles International Airport in Washington.

The first elevated taxiway in India and an upgraded Terminal 1 are scheduled to open by September, so the upcoming few months at India’s biggest airport should be extremely exciting.

Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) reportedly plans to close the other two runways, the main runway between Terminals 1 and 3 and the one nearest to the Shivaji statue, for maintenance once the fourth runway is put into service. If all goes according to plan, IGIA should have all four runways operational in a year, increasing its capacity to well over 100 aircraft per hour.

The main runway (10/28), according to TOI will be closed for recarpeting (after the fourth runway is put into operation) and should start handling aircraft by the end of the year or early next year, according to a senior airport official.

The runway ‘Runway 29 Right and 11 Left’ (11R/29L) that is closest to the side of the Shivaji statue will be closed for about two months in March of the following year to undergo minor repairs. IGIA will have all four runways operating by next June or July, he added.

28/06/2023 Junaid Dar/News Nine

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