DIAL to commence rehabilitation works of runway
Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) will start rehabilitation work at the Indira Gandhi International Airport’s (IGIA) runway 10/28 from April 2, 2010. The rehabilitation work, which will help upgrade the runway surface quality as well as support systems such as lighting equipment, is expected to be completed by September this year.
Each runway has a service life which depends on its design and construction material. IGIA’s Runway 10/28 was last resurfaced in 1999 and is now due for major rehabilitation, DIAL said. IGI Airport is India’s only airport with three runways. The airport operator said that during the closure of Runway 10/28, Air Traffic Movement will be managed by simultaneous use of Runways 11/29 and 09/27 in such a manner that both the runways are optimally used. This would be done to ensure that aircraft taxiing time is also minimized to the extent possible.
DIAL said it will work closely with all stakeholders such as ATC, Airlines, AAI and DGCA among others, to minimize the effect of the modernization works on traffic. DIAL will be carrying out these rehabilitation works in a phased manner to ensure that connectivity between the domestic and international aprons and the two operational runways 11/29 and 09/27 is available at all times.
The works have been scheduled for this period as the fog season is just over and the runway would be available for operations before the next winter.
Runway 11/29 was commissioned in Aug 2008, while Runway 09/27 was rehabilitated and upgraded in late 2009. With the completion of works on Runway 10/28 – IGIA will have three operational runways which can meet the demands of air traffic over the next decade, DIAL said.