Thursday, August 11, 2022

14 New Code C Stands At Delhi Airport’s T1 Smart Apron Become Operational

By Staff Correspondent

Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), a GMR Infrastructure Limited-led consortium, has successfully commissioned 14 new Code C aircraft stands at the Delhi Airport, about 10 weeks ahead of the scheduled completion date. These stands are part of the second phase of the construction of the proposed expanded Apron for Terminal 1, under the Phase 3A airport expansion plan. These are connected with newly built taxiways E9, F3 and F4 that lead to Terminal 1. 

The new Apron, with 82 Code C stands, for T1 is being built in three phases. In the first phase, 19 out of 82 Code C stands were made operational in October 2021. Now, in the second phase, 14 stands have been commissioned and handed over to Air Traffic Control for operations. With this, DIAL has successfully commissioned 33 out of 82 stands. The newly constructed 14 stands were handed over for operations to ATC on July 26, 10 weeks ahead of the scheduled completion date of October 6, 2022. The new layout of Code C stands would facilitate improved air traffic flow, ensure faster turnaround time for aircraft and improve safety in the Apron area.

Each of the stands in the new smart T1 Apron is equipped with the latest technological upgrades which include Visual Docking Guidance System (VDGS), Fuel Hydrant System (FHS) and Ground Power Units (GPU) and Pre-Conditioned Air (PCA). This would lead to a reduction in the number of Ground Support Equipment (GSE) for an aircraft and hence, will ensure faster aircraft turnaround time and improved safety. 

Commenting on the successful completion of Phase 2 of T1 Apron work, a part of DIAL’s Phase 3A Expansion Work, Mr I. Prabhakara Rao, Deputy Managing Director, GMR Group, said “The completion of the second phase of works for the expansion of T1’s new smart Apron before the deadline is another step towards enhancing the infrastructure and passenger experience at Delhi Airport to make it future-ready. The new smart apron will not only facilitate improved passenger experience by improving operational efficiency and safety on the airside. Post completion of Phase 3A projects, Delhi Airport would be ready to handle around 140 million passengers on the airside.” 

The new Apron has a dual taxiway which will cater to either two Code C aircraft simultaneously or one Code D & above aircraft for effective and efficient use of the Apron. This new facility will ensure less taxiing time for aircraft which means passengers will have to spend less time in the aircraft after landing. 

Upon completion of Phase 3A Expansion Work, the Apron area will increase from 2,82,000 SqM to 6,29,285 SqM, and the total number of aircraft stands would increase from 55 (earlier) to 82, including 22 contact stands and 8 MARS stands thus reducing the Apron congestion. As part of Phase 3A Expansion Works, DIAL is also constructing a new 4.4-kilometre-long Code F runway parallel to runway 11/29 on the Southern Airfield, making DIAL the first airport in India to have four operational runways. 

The 4th runway would not only help DIAL handle the increased air traffic movements but along with the Eastern Cross Taxiways, also provide improved operational flexibility by reducing taxiing time and CO2 emissions. DIAL is also integrating the Departure and Arrival terminals of T1, carrying out T3 modification works and other landside development work to improve circulation and connectivity. 

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