According to CIDCO with parallel runways, the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport(NMIA) can most likely handle up to 80 flights per hour. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) currently handles 48 flights per hour and sometimes even 51 flights per hour.
According to some officials, the parallel runways and rapid exit taxiways can help NMIA handle more flights. The runways will be 4,000 – m long and accommodate both widebody and narrow body aircrafts.
On Monday, 8th Jan, The GVK Power and Infrastructure LTD has signed a concession agreement with CIDCO for forming special purpose vehicle that’ll help build NMIA.
Though CIDCO has prepared an initial masterplan, GVK has yet to finalize a master plan for the airport which is to be done within 90 days of signing the agreement.
A senior CIDCO official said “Each runway will have two double rapid exit taxiways. There will be many entry and exit points on the taxiways. This will ensure minimum waiting time for flights”
For the first phase, NMIAL will be constructing one runway and a terminal building by 2019.
NMIA is said to be one of the few airports in the world where aircrafts will be refueled by underground pipes and there’ll be no requirement for tankers to refuel jets.
“The runway on the southern side is likely to be constructed first. While discussions with the families are through, their movement to the new area needs to begin. It will happen gradually,” said Mohan Ninawe, chief spokesperson, CIDCO.