Runway shutdown will cause delays at Delhi Airport

 
   

Travellers flying in and out of New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) can expect an increase in traffic congestion for six months starting from March, when one of the three runways (runway 28) is shut down.

Runway 28 will be shut down so that it can undergo an upgrade which will make it operational for Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft before the Commonwealth Games in October.
A source from Indria Gandhi International Airport (IGI) said, “With the closure of one runway, the capacity of the airport will come down by 20 per cent.

“Runways 27 and 29, which will be operational after runway 28 is closed, are not parallel runways and no two aircraft can land or take off at the same time. This may lead to a major congestion.
“The air traffic controller can take a call on the same and allow landing and takeoff simultaneously if there is too much pressure,” he added.

Lufthansa, which has two flights a day from Delhi, has announced plans to fly A380s to the city.
The other airlines with A380s in their fleet, which also fly to India, are Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Air France.

None of these airlines have indicated a time frame for when they would begin operating these aircraft on the routes.
 
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
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