The on-going automation project to cut down flight delays at the Mumbai airport is also likely to benefit fliers from other cities.
In the final phase of the project, airfield data of 46 domestic airports connected to the city will be available online, said sources from the Mumbai
air traffic control (ATC).
“Basic data on the runways, taxi tracks and other important information such as notice of airmen (NOTAM) at these airports will be available on a website. Therefore, airlines need not get in touch with the ATC or the airport operators for every bit of information,” said a senior ATC official, requesting anonymity.
While there is no official deadline for the project, sources said it could be ready in less than a year. “The system to store and manage data is in place. The challenge is co-coordinating with multiple agencies to get data that has to be fed into it,” added the official.
Aviation experts said that such an initiative could make a massive difference to fuel burns.
Brussels airport is a case in point.
Three years after the airport introduced the ACDM system, the total time spent by aircraft taxiing on its airfield came down by 25%.
The move also helped save 16,000 tonnes of jet fuel.
Similarly, at Munich airport, there was a general decrease in taxi time, which reduced its costs, carbon footprints and workload.
The system inculcated discipline in departures, with 85% flights taking off on time.
According to industry estimates, if circling of flights is reduced by even five minutes for each plane at an airport handling 100 flights a day, the aviation sector could save 4.83 million litres of fuel, worth over Rs22 crore.