Friday, July 14, 2023

Delhi Airport becomes first in the country to have 4 operational runways, elevated taxiway

Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) today became the first airport in the country to have four operational runways.

Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Friday inaugurated the fourth runway at the Delhi airport, which is also the country's largest airport, handles more than 1,500 aircraft movements every day.

IndiGo became the first airline to operate from the newly constructed fourth runway 11L-29R, at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), New Delhi.

Scindia also inaugurated dual elevated Eastern Cross Taxiways. With the ECT, the airport will also be the only one in the country to have an elevated taxiway with roads passing below it.

The ECT will connect the northern and southern airfields on the eastern side of the airport and will reduce the taxiing distance for an aircraft by seven kilometres. It can handle wide-body aircraft, including A-380 and B-777 and B-747.

Now, the airport will have four runways -- RW 09/27, RW 11R/29L, RW 10/28 and RW 11L/29R.

IGIA is operated by the Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), a consortium led by GMR Airports Infrastructure Ltd.

14/07/2023 Economic Times

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