The Navi- Mumbai International Airport broke and rewrote its own record that it had set before. It is a moment of pride to India to get the status of ‘The Singular – Busiest Runway in the World’. According to the latest Statistics announced today by the ‘The Ministry of Civil Aviation Department’- as of 24th January 2018, within a span of 24 hours 980 flights have taken off or landed on this runaway.
The spokesperson of Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport of Mumbai said, “Before this, on December 6, the airport had handled 974 flight arrivals and departures.”
Mumbai Airport Sets the World Record With 980 Flights in 24 hours
The operator, Mumbai Airport International Airport Pvt. Ltd. (MIAL), confirmed the feat, “Despite the airport being congested and geographical restrictions, we were able to handle record-breaking flight movements” said the MIAL spokesperson, adding that the aim was to touch the 1,000 mark in the near future.
The Ministry of Aviation expressed its jubilation and stated, “The over-crowded Mumbai airport handles 45 million passengers every year and is expected to reach its saturation point of 48 million passengers by March 2018.”
The aviation officials furthered their ambitious project by stating that, “On the final approach, the space between two flights has been reduced. Now landing and take-offs can take place simultaneously. Earlier landing clearance was given only when the runway was unoccupied.”
Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha citing the importance of the city of Mumbai as the business hub of India, millions of people visit this city for varied reasons; tourism, business and pleasure trips. In lieu of Mumbai’s huge population density and being the financial – focal city, evidently, it is not easy to meet the challenges set forth in just a few years to come.
The Aviation Ministry, with statistical estimates in mind, a proposal to build the new airport is on the anvil which is expected to be built at Kopar – Panvel in Maharashtra. Though Mumbaikars are eagerly waiting to see as to how long that it would take to build the expected new airport to take place and made functional, the Minister for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha, has clarified that it would take 4-5 years for the new airport to get erupted and get going.