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Delhi airport gets new rapid exit taxiways

The opening of taxiways will clear air traffic and the ground movement of aircraft will have greater flexibility.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 18:43 IST
United News of India
United News of India

Two new rapid exit taxiways were opened on Monday at the IndiraGandhi International (IGI) Airport alongwith the final portion of a parallel taxiway for the secondary runway.

In addition, a new link taxiway was opened between the primary and secondary runways. As a result, the ground movement of aircraft will have greater flexibility and the aircraft will be able to take off without much wait and be able to exit the runway faster clearing the way for the flight behind it.

This will reduce waiting times for passengers, said officials at the GMR-DIAL (Delhi International Airport Private Limited).

"The opening of these taxiways will further improve the handling capacity of the aircraft operations," said a DIAL official. "This is part of the ongoing upgradation works of the main and the secondary runway to improve ground traffic circulation."

In addition, rapid exit taxiway D1 and a portion of parallel taxiway E2 was commissioned recently alongwith the opening up of a second runway for three hours each in the morning and the afternoon. The work in progress will aim at making the runways capable of 24 hours of simultaneous operation, said the official.

DIAL is a joint venture company consisting of GMR Group, Airports Authority of India, Fraport, Malaysia Airports and India Development Fund for the modernisation and restructuring of Delhi airport.

The consortium won the mandate to operate, manage and develop Delhi airport through an international competitive bidding process conducted by the government.

First Published: Aug 28, 2006 18:43 IST