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Explained: Why Delhi airport always fails to meet flight-handling demand

Even as it has three runways, Delhi's IGI airport barely manages to handle 73 air traffic movements during peak hours, against airlines' combined demand for 90

Photo: Wikipedia
Photo: Wikipedia

New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, which has three operational runways, late last year clocked its peak record of handling 1,339 air traffic movements (ATMs) in a day. Even as this was significantly higher than its usual count, the number would seem rather unimpressive when compared with the 969 ATMs achieved a few days ago by the Mumbai airport, which has only one runway. Why does Delhi handle so few ATMs in a day despite three runways? There certainly is no dearth of demand – the average consolidated demand from all airlines would require the ...