Thursday, August 24, 2023

Landings on newest runway of IGI may start from Sept 7

 New Delhi: Aircraft may finally start landing on Delhi Airport's newest runway (29R/11L) from September 7 - a day before dignitaries start arriving for the G20 Leaders' Summit. Commissioned on July 14, 2023, 29R - IGIA's fourth runway - is being used only for take-offs since then as its instrument landing system (ILS) is yet to become operational.

"The ILS was imported from Russia this May and there have been some issues with its calibration. A team of Russian engineers is here to do the work required. We expect the same to be completed soon and post testing, landings should begin on 29R from September 7," said sources.

Authorities are keeping their fingers crossed about the successful completion of calibration work as that will allow two runways towards Gurgaon side of Northern Access Road that connects T3 and Mahipalpur to handle both landings and take-offs. Towards Dwarka side of this road also are two runways - the old warhorse 28/10 (famous for its jumbo point) and the smallest 27/09.

Heads of states, including US President Joe Biden and China's Xi Jinping, are scheduled to start arriving from September 8.

Aircraft flying in the heads of states of G20 member nations will land on runway 27 or 28 as that is closest to Palam Technical Area used by VVIPs, including President, VP and PM. The reason: shortest taxi time between the technical area and these two runways.

Palam technical Area is off runway 27 but both airstrips will remain available and it will be up to pilots to select whichever airstrip they wish. All other VVIPs will come to and depart from T3 that is almost equidistant from both the sets of runways, 29L & 29R and 28 & 27.

24/08/2023 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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