Mumbai airport records 851 flight take-offs and landings in a day
The land-locked airport, which has traditionally struggled to augment capacity owing to space constraints, recorded 851 air traffic movements on May 14. This included 777 scheduled flights, 50 private jet operations and 24 cargo flights.mumbai Updated: May 18, 2015 17:26 IST
The Mumbai airport achieved a landmark of sorts when it recorded just over 851 flight movements (take-offs and landings) in a day last week.
The land-locked airport, which has traditionally struggled to augment capacity owing to space constraints, recorded 851 air traffic movements on May 14. This included 777 scheduled flights, 50 private jet operations and 24 cargo flights.
Until then, the highest flight movement recorded by the airport was 810 during last winter. Unlike other private-run metro airports, the city airport does not have the space to construct parallel runways.
"This was possible owing to a combination of measures in air navigation, pilots' discipline and augmentation of the airfield infrastructure such as addition of high-speed runway exits," said a Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) spokesperson.
The spokesperson added that the airport's flight handling capacity in a day increased by 200 flight movements since 2010. Even the number of take-offs and landings recorded in an hour has risen from 43 to up to 52 during peak hours, officials added.
According to air traffic control officials the airport's punctuality record also improved from 59% on-time flights in 2010 to 74% flights on schedule in 2014.
"One of the primary reasons behind the improvement of flight punctuality was the reduction in time taken by city-bound flights in vacating the runway. Until 2011, the average time taken by a flight to vacate the airstrip was 60 seconds which has now come down to just 48 seconds," said a senior ATC official requesting anonymity.
The few other new air navigations methods being experimented by the ATC is expected to whip the airport's capacity even more, added officials.
For instance, in April the ATC began trials for a widely popular global concept called the called Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM). The concept involves feeding data - flight plans, the runway in use and parking bays to be allotted to a particular incoming plane - into a software. The system then uses complex algorithms to throw up real-time timelines to all airport departments involved in air traffic management, focusing on aircraft turn-around and pre-departure sequencing process.