Airside capacity of Delhi airport to be increased to handle 95 movements per hour at peak time
New Delhi, April 20, 2017
The Ministry of Civil Aviation is working with stakeholders on a roadmap to increase the airside capacity of the Delhi Airport from the current 67 movements per hour to 95 movements per hour at peak time in the next three years.
By the end of 2017, the airside capacity is expected to rise by 10 percent, with around 72 to 73 movements per hour, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said.
Talking to newspersons, he said the enhancement in airside capacity is expected to help increase passenger movements from the current 60 million passengers per year to about 90 million passengers per year.
Mr. sinha siad the Ministry would soon put in place a master plan for expansion of airside and terminal capacity at the airport to accommodate the increase in passenger numbers.
UK's leading air navigation service provider NATS is closely involved in guiding the airside expansion and is giving inputs on how much the airport capacity can be expanded.
Mr. Sinha said that the Ministry is constituting a Flight Operations Committee with immediate effect to work out the modalities for the expansion. He said the committee would meet every month and guide and facilitate close cooperation in this regard among the various stakeholders including Air Traffic Control, Airlines and Airport Operator. NATS will also be associated with the Flights Operations Committee.
Regarding expansion of terminal capacity, Mr. Sinha said that the plan was to shift operations from Terminal – I to Terminal -2, expand Terminal- I, bring down Terminal-2 and build Terminal-4.