Delhi airport to close one runway for three days next month

Airline operations from the national capital are likely to be impacted temporarily next month, with Delhi airport operator DIAL deciding to close one runway for three days starting November 7, according to sources.

The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI), the busiest in the country, has three runways  - 11/29, 10/28 and 9/27.

The airport and airline sources said runway 11/29 will be shut for three days from November 7 for maintenance work.

Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), which operates the aerodrome, has already communicated the decision to the airlines, which are now working on ways to minimise the inconvenience to customers, the airline sources added.

According to them, there would be curtailment of operations and many flights would have to be rescheduled. There could also be cancellations and various options are being worked out, they added.

In 2016-17, the airport handled 8.57 lakh tonnes of cargo.

DIAL is a consortium led by the GMR group. Other stakeholders are the government-owned Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Germany's Fraport. 

Courtesy: The Economic Times
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