Airport sources said a five-storey building of AAI is an obstacle on the side of the approach path of the runway. The permission from AAI to demolish three floors is awaited, but nearly 750 employees of this building have already been shifted to a new location. Sources said three floors of this building would be demolished next week depending on the permission from AAI.
After the fourth runway becomes operational, IGI Airport will become the first airport in the country to have four runways. The new runway is 4,400 metres long and 75 metres wide. The third runway, which runs parallel to the fourth, is a bit bigger.
The fourth runway has been constructed to increase the air traffic movements. “It will help in increasing the capacity of the airport and in take-off and landing of more flights. It will also aid in smooth operation and enhance passenger experience,” said sources.
An airport official said once the fourth runway becomes functional, it would reduce the waiting time for flights to land. “The installation of instrument landing system and CAT gear, which assists pilots in landing of aircraft during low visibility or dense fog, has to be done now,” said sources.
The construction of the fourth runway is part of the phase 3A expansion, which is being done to cater to increased air traffic in future. Apart from the fourth runway, other development plans under phase 3A are dual elevated eastern cross taxiways, landside developments for circulation and connectivity improvements and T3 modification work, and the integrated terminal 1, which will have arrival and departure terminal under one roof.
After completion of these projects under the phase 3A expansion work, it would increase the passenger handling capacity of the Delhi airport to 100 million passengers per annum (MPPA) and also enhance the airside capacity to handle 140 MPPA.
Airport officials had earlier said the ongoing phase 3A expansion work encompasses various large-scale development and modernisation activities to make the airport future-ready. The work is scheduled to be completed by 2023.