Wednesday, August 02, 2023

Old main runway at Delhi airport to be shut down for 75 days for recarpeting

New Delhi: The old main runway of the Delhi airport (28/10) - famous for its erstwhile viewing "jumbo point" on the Gurgaon E-way - will be closed for recarpeting soon after the G20 leaders' summit concludes on September 10, for about 75 days.

The airport's latest runway (29R-11L), which was commissioned on July 14 and is currently used only for take-offs, is expected to be ready to handle landings also by the end of this month.

When that happens and the other three runways see both arrivals and departures, the old main airstrip will be closed for repairs without IGIA's flight handling capacity getting affected.

"The instrument landing system on the newest runway that opened last month is expected to be put in use by the end of this month to allow arrivals. So anytime between September 11 and 13, the old main runway will be shut for recarpeting and other minor repairs. It should be operational again by November end or early December," said people in the know.

The old main runway (28/10) has been the trusted warhorse for decades, much before the two airstrips came up on the Shiva statue side (towards Gurgaon) in the last 14 years. Compared to the two new runways, this old main airstrip sees relatively less fog when low visibility season kicks in. Hence, DIAL wants it to be ready by December when fog usually starts setting in.

02/08/2023 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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