In addition to the problem with the instrument landing system (ILS), repair work on one of the taxiways connected with Runway 28 might cause more inconvenience for passengers arriving at Delhi airport.
This is because in the current situation, when one taxiway is not in use, an aircraft will take longer to vacate the runway after landing.
“Due to this we have to increase the time between two arriving aircrafts. DIAL has assured that repair work will be completed before arrival of fog but if it isn’t, passengers will face a tough time,” an officer of Air Traffic Control said.
Delhi International Airport Limited said they had planned the repair work well in advance and it would not cause any delay.
“After landing, the aircraft can vacate the runway using another taxiway. The repair work shouldn’t be of much concern even if it continues after the arrival of dense fog,” an airport official said.
The repair work, however, might affect passengers travelling with Spicejet, GoAir and Indigo since these airlines operate from terminal 1D and prefer to land at Runway 28.
Interview dial spokesman
Airports Authority of India is trying to restore landing facility.
Runway 28/10 is facing technical glitches. What are you doing to rectify these?
Airports Authority of India (AAI) is in the process of restoring the instrument landing system to its full capability. Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) is offering its resources and cooperation.
Is there any backup plan if AAI fails to rectify the problem before the onset of fog?
You should refer to the AAI for an answer to this.
One of the taxiways connected to Runway 28 is being repaired. Will this affect flight operations?
We had planned the repair work well in advance and it will be completed before the arrival of fog. And, anyway, the work won’t affect runway operations.
What arrangements has DIAL made to minimise inconveniences to passengers?
Like every year, DIAL has made adequate arrangements for passenger comfort. We are in touch with airlines and other concerned agencies for smooth operations.
Why was the problem in ILS detected so late?
Ask the AAI.
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