On Friday, Mumbai airport has set a new world record for single-runway operations and handled nearly 969 take-offs and landings in 24 hours. A Mumbai International Airport Ltd spokesperson (MIAL) broke its record of 935.
Mega cities like as Dubai, New York, London, and Delhi have airports with two or more runways that run at same time. Moreover, Mumbai has two runways and they pass over each other, so one track is used at a time.
It resulted in Mumbai in the list of single-runway airport category. So it’s in the group of busy single-runway secondary airports of cities such as Sabiha Gokcen airport Istanbul, Gatwick, Stansted airports London, and primary airports of smaller cities such as Xiamen, San Diego, and Fukuoka.
Mumbai handles approximately 900 airline flights every day and this record high air traffic movement that includes landings and take-offs. It will happen during days when unscheduled private aircraft and flights-charter aircraft go up to similar on Friday.
Gatwick has reached 55-56, and he further added that:
“BUT THERE ARE TIMES WHEN WE GET THE RIGHT BLEND OF WEATHER CONDITIONS, AND AIRCRAFT AND WE HAVE HANDED 10 LANDING OR TAKEOFFS IN 10 MINUTES”.
The runway can handle 46 take-offs as well as a departure in 1 hour. On Friday, it had 50 movements all over the day and night in just 60 minutes.
The MIAL official said:
“WE HOPE TO CROSS 1,000 AIRCRAFT MOVEMENTS PER DAY SOON”.
An airport official said:
“SECONDLY, A LADING AIRCRAFT CROSSED THE STARTING OF THE RUNWAY OF SECOND WHEN IT EXIST THE RUNWAY IS RECORDED. SIMILARLY. TAKE-OFFS TOO ARE RECORDED AD TE DATA IS SHARED WITH AIRLINES ON WEEKLY BASIS”.
A global aviation consultancy company, Kapil Kaul of Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation said:
“GATWICK IS THE ONLY SINGLE-RUNWAY AIRPORT IN THE WORLD THAT ROUTINELY HANDLES MORE THAN 50 FLIGHT MOVEMENTS IN A GIVEN HOUR. ALL OTHERS ARE 42 OR LESS. MUMBAI HAS SECOND HIGHEST AS IT CROSSES 50.”
A senior air traffic controller said:
“MUMBAI PRIMARY RUNAWAY’S BEST TILL NOW IS 52 ARRIVALS OR TAKE-OFFS IN 60 MINUTES.”
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