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Ministry of Civil Aviation works on increasing capacity of Delhi Airport

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The Ministry of Civil Aviation is working with stakeholders on a roadmap to increase Airside Capacity of Delhi Airport. Briefing media persons in New Delhi yesterday, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said the capacity will be increase from the current 67 movements per hour to 95 movements per hour at peak time in the next three years.

By the end of 2017 the Airside Capacity is expected to rise by 10 percent, with around 72 to 73 movements per hour. He said, with the increase in airside capacity it is expected that the passenger movement at Delhi airport would also rise from the current 60 million passengers to about 90 million passengers annually.

Mr Sinha said his Ministry will soon put in place a Master Plan for expansion of Airside Capacity and Terminal Capacity at the airport to accommodate the increase in passenger volume.

He said UK’s leading air navigation service provider NATS is closely involved in guiding the airside expansion and is giving inputs on how much the airport capacity can be expanded. Mr Sinha said the Ministry constituted a Flight Operations Committee with immediate effect to work out the modalities for the expansion.

He said the committee would meet every month and guide and facilitate close cooperation in this regard among the various stakeholders including Air Traffic Control, Airlines and Airport Operator. Mr Sinha said, NATS will also be associated with the Flights Operations Committee.

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