Saturday, July 08, 2023

India’s first Elevated Cross Taxiway at Delhi’s IGI Airport to reduce passenger waiting time in airplanes

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport will open its new dual-elevated Eastern Cross Taxiway on July 13, 2023. The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has announced that this taxiway will be inaugurated by  Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, who will also inaugurate the IGI’s fourth runway on the same day.

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport currently has three runways. The opening of this dual-elevated Eastern Cross Taxiway will reduce the waiting time for passengers inside the airplane from 20-25 minutes to 10-12 minutes. Let’s see how. The distance that an airplane had to cover after landing on the third runway and moving to Terminal 1 is 9 kilometers but once the Eastern Cross Taxiway is operational, this distance will reduce to only 2 kilometres. So naturally, the planes will now take lesser time to reach Terminal 1 after landing or vice-versa while they take-off.

It will also reduce the time spent on the tarmac by passengers before flights take-off and after they land. For those unaware, tarmac is the area where airplanes pull up to a gate, or head out to the runway. The runway itself is also referred to as the tarmac.

The Eastern Cross Taxiway is 2.1 kilometres long and around 202 metres wide. This is a historic feat by the IGI airport in creating environmentally sustainable architecture. The taxiway will reportedly help reduce annual CO2 emissions by 55,000 tonnes. This is in line with India’s goal to achieve ‘Net Zero Carbon Emission Airport’ by 2030.

08/07/2023 Sakshi Kuchroo/Financial Express

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