Taxiing time for aircraft at the Delhi airport could be cut down drastically with the ministry of civil aviation proposing to build a taxiway connecting the two runways in use.
Since such a taxiway would have to pass over the present approach road to the airport's new Terminal 3, the plan also envisages building an underpass there that vehicles can take.
The proposal, which has been enthusiastically received by the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) — the private operator of the airport — will reduce the amount of time passengers have to spend seated in the aircraft while it is still on the ground.
Given the detour aircraft currently have to take, an aircraft usually takes nearly 30 minutes — more in foggy conditions — to reach the runway.
This will be cut down to 10 minutes, which will save fuel as well.