IGI handles record 73 flights in one hour

The Indira Gandhi International Airport has handled a record 73 number of flights in the country in an hour on a particular day.

“We are delighted to inform you that the air traffic control at Delhi airport handled 73 aircraft movements in one hour on Thursday last, January 24. It is the record number of air traffic movements ever made at any airport in India, thanks to efforts by the ATC team,” said I Prabhakara Rao, CEO of Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), which operates the airport.

The record was set between 2 pm and 3 pm on January 24.

“For half-an-hour, two runways were in use and for the other half-an-hour, all three runways were in use. It is certainly a testimony to the combined efforts of ATC, DIAL and the airlines,” Rao said.

The previous high air traffic management was recorded in December 2012 when 62 flights were handled in one go. Delhi is the busiest airport in India, handling over 800 flight movements per day. Mumbai airport, the second busiest, has a record of handling some 35 flights in an hour.

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