Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport is all set to launch its 2.1 km long dual lane Elevated Cross Taxiway on July 14. Furthermore, the fourth runway at the airport will also become operational on July 13. The introduction of an elevated crossway taxiway will reduce the waiting time in an aircraft from 20-25 minutes to 10 minutes, according to reports. Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia will inaugurate India’s first elevated cross taxiways.
Reports stated that the total length of the dual-lane elevated crossway taxi is 2.1 kilometers. The taxiway will link the Northern and Southern airfields on the eastern side of the airport. In addition, the waiting time inside the airplane after landing is likely to fall significantly, as airplanes will take less time after landing to reach Terminal 1. The same is considered for the process of take off. It is further reported that the distance an aircraft needs to cover, after landing on the third runway and going to T1 will be cut short to 2 kms from the present 9km.
Furthermore, the elevated cross taxiway will also minimize the distance between the two airfields, thus saving nearly twenty to seven minutes of passengers before departure. Nonetheless, the Delhi International airport clarified that the time also depends on other factors such as the direction of aircraft landing.
As per Delhi International airport officials, after the launch of elevated cross taxiway, airport authorities will be able to minimize aircraft emission, save natural resources like ATF and also enhance operational efficiency. This will most importantly cut short the taxiing distances of the aircraft. Reportedly, the dual lane elevated Code F taxiway is also capable of ascertaining safe and simultaneous passage of two aircraft.
Moreover, a small reduction in the distance between the airfields can make a big difference in CO2 emissions. The taxiway is likely to optimise taxiing routes and aircraft operations. Along with this, it will also be able to save approximately 55,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum and will eventually contribute to achieving a “Net Zero Carbon Emission Airport” by 2023.
Speaking about the matter, Deputy MD of GMR Group, Prabhakara Rao stated that this historic feat is a testimonial to DIAL’s commitment to creating environmentally sustainable architecture and becoming a ‘Net Zero Carbon Emission Airport’ by 2023. He added that with the Eastern Cross Taxiway, The Delhi Airport has become India’s first Airport to have an elevated taxiway in the country. He asserted that this introduction will not only enhance passenger experience but also make Delhi Airport future ready.
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