Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) will hire a consultant to conduct a study to improve its flight handling capacity at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA).
The move comes after a MIAL team visited Gatwick Airport in the UK, which has a single runway and handles double the air traffic of CSIA.
Gatwick Airport handles around 50 to 60 flight movements including take-offs and landings per hour, compared with CSIA’s 30 operations with two runways.
The UK airport uses an air flow management system (AFMS) that provides a real-time update of incoming and departing flights to air traffic controllers, according to hindustantimes.com.
The AFMS enables controllers to assess the time for an arriving flight to touchdown on the runway, and helps the flying crew to gauge the congestion at the destination airport before taking off.
MIAL is taking this initiative after the civil aviation ministry approved 630 slots to Delhi International Airport for domestic operations, compared with 490 at CSIA for the winter schedule between October and March.