Delhi Airport : IGI Airport becomes first airport in India to have four runways and an elevated taxiway

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Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, Union Minister for Civil Aviation and Steel inaugurated a new runway and a dual-way elevated taxiway at New Delhi International Airport today. With this, the IGI Airport, New Delhi has become the first airport in the country to have four runways and becomes the first airport in the country to have an elevated taxiway. 

During the event, General (Dr.) Vijay Kumar Singh (Retd.) Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, and Road Transport and Highways, Sanjeev Kumar, Chairman, Airport Authority of India, G. M. Rao, Group Chairman, GMR were also present.

Eastern Cross Taxiway (ECT) will help in enhancing the passenger experience by reducing time spent on the tarmac by flyers after landings and before take-offs. Furthermore, four runway operations and the ECT will significantly increase capacity at IGIA – making it capable of handling 1700+ movements.Total paved length of the runway is 4.4 km, and its width is 45mRunway can handle wide-body aircraft including A-380&B-777. 

The Dual-way elevated taxiway connects the Northern & Southern airfieldsThe Taxiway will help reduce taxi distance for aircraft by 7 km and annual CO2 emissions by 55,000 tonnes.

Speaking on the occasion, Jyotiraditya M. Scindia said “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Civil Aviation sector is not only contributing to the transportation sector but also becoming a key enabler in the rise of the economic power of India. Today is a landmark day for Indian civil aviation, both on the infrastructure side and services side. The Eastern Cross Taxiway is the first of its kind in India. Also, this elevated Eastern Cross Taxiway (ECT) will see a reduction of almost 55 thousand tons of CO2 Emission on an annual basis. Also, this ECT, along with the fourth runway and the new integrated Terminal 1, will make Delhi Airport future-ready and fulfil the dream of creating a major International Hub. Capacity along with Technological intervention will further enhance the passenger experience. The northern part of the airfield and the southern part of the airfield will be conveniently connected by this. It means an 8 to 9 minute reduction in taxi time.”  

“This runway makes Delhi Airport the only airport in the country to have 4 runways.  This runway along with the terminal expansion will add to creating capacity to serve more than 109 million people throughput which would crest and beat even Atlanta in its capability. With that capacity in place, we would be well positioned both on an infrastructure side and a capability side for creating the international civil aviation hub in India,”Scindia added. 

Some of the salient features of the runway and taxiway include:

Fourth Runway (11R/29L)Eastern Cross Taxiway (ECT)Total paved length of 4.4km and width of 45mAbility to handle wide-body aircraft including A-380& B-777Enhanced capacity to handle simultaneous flight operations

The runway is designed in compliance with Aerodrome Reference Code 4F Dual-way elevated taxiway connecting Northern & Southern airfields 2.1kmlong and 44m wide dual-lane elevated Code F-compliant taxiways

The taxiways will have a gap of 47m to allow safe and simultaneous passage of two big aircraftWill help reduce taxi distance for aircraft by 7 kmReduce CO2 emissions by 55,000 tonnes annually

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