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Mumbai airport becomes world's busiest single runway airport

Handling 980 flights in just 24 hours

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MUMBAI, India - India’s second largest airport, the Mumbai airport became the world's busiest single runway airport this month, shattering its own record. 

In December 2017, the Mumbai airport handled 974 flights in a single day, earning the tag of single-busiest runway in world. 

However, on January 20, the airport broke its own record, handling 980 flights in just 24 hours. 

Before this major accomplishment, in March 2017, the Mumbai airport created a world record by handling 837 flights a day or one in 65 seconds on an average in fiscal 2017.

With the record, it managed to overtake London’s Gatwick airport that managed 757 flights a day. Later, the airport went on to break its own record with 969 flights in November 2017 and 974 in the subsequent month.

In FY17, the Mumbai airport had 4.5 crore passengers, which was about 18.6 percent of the total air traffic in the country. 

While the Mumbai airport actually has two runways - they intersect with each other, due to which only one can be used at a time. 

Currently, the airport, which is privately run by GVK group, has connectivity with 95 domestic and international destinations. 

On the other hand, the Delhi airport, which has three parallel runways, handled 5.7 crore passengers in the same year.

Despite this record, U.K.’s Gatwick airport in London remains the most efficient airport in the world and has declared the capacity of handling 870 flights in a day, functioning for only 19 hours a day.

A Mumbai Airport spokesperson however argued in a statement, “Mumbai airport functions in a space-starved, infrastructure-constrained environment, unlike any other. More flights can’t be added onto Mumbai’s single runway without a holistic approach that takes into account the ground realities, India’s regulatory framework, human factors etc.”

He added that the shortage of space is felt most when airport struggle with any emergency. 

 

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