A top official has verified that the fourth runway at the airport serving the nation’s capital and the dual elevated Eastern Cross Taxiways would both be in use as of July 13.
Three runways are currently available at the national capital’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA).
The Eastern Cross Taxiways (ECT) will cut the distance an aeroplane must travel from the third runway to Terminal 1 from 9 kilometres to just 2 kilometres.
The fourth runway and the ECT will be operational as of July 13, according to GMR Group Deputy Managing Director I Prabhakara Rao’s announcement on Friday.
Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL), a group led by GMR Airports Infrastructure Ltd., manages IGIA. The ECT is about 202 metres broad and 2.1 miles long. There are two taxiways, one used by aircraft after landing and the other by aircraft prior to takeoff. The ECT will be the country of India’s first of its sort. It will link the northern and southern airfields and cut the aircraft’s taxiing distance by 7 kilometres.
These elevated taxiways – which can handle big planes, including A-380 and B-777 – will help reduce annual CO2 emissions by 55,000 tonnes