From Thursday, air passengers would not have to spend an annoying half-an-hour sitting in their plane while it taxies from the domestic terminal to the runway.
Domestic aircraft landing or taking off from the new runway 29 have to taxi more than eight kms due to its distance from the domestic terminal.
As the runway 29 and the main runway 28 are now exclusively used for landings and take offs, domestic flights had to travel up to the new runway either for arrival or departure.
This will change from September 24 as Delhi’s IGI Airport is switching over to mixed mode of operations on a trial basis.
From now on, the main runway 28, which is close to the domestic terminal, would be used for both domestic landings and take offs.
The new runway 29 would be used for international flights.
Though the opening of the new 4.4 km runway at the airport has helped reduce the congestion in air, domestic flights have ended up spending extra time and traveling extra distance between the runway and the domestic terminal.
The wastage of the expensive aviation turbine fuel is another important issue.
The Airports Authority of India, which manages air traffic at IGI Airport, has issued a circular to announce the change, which would be officially in place from October 22.
“There is no hard and fast rule about the usage of runways from September 24 though,” said a senior Air Traffic Control Official on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to talk to the media.
“Runway 29 would still be used for domestic arrivals if there is too much traffic or in emergency situations,” he said.