14 New Code C Airplane Stands Commissioned in Delhi Airport Terminal 1
Indira Gandhi International Airport has successfully commissioned 14 new Code C aircraft stands in its Terminal 1.
These connect to the new E9, F3 and F4 taxiways which lead to Terminal 1. The work was completed approximately 10 weeks ahead of the scheduled completion date.
The new apron, with 82 C-code supports, for T1 is being built in three phases. In the first phase, 19 of the 82 Code C stands were made operational in October 2021. Now, in the second phase, 14 stands have been commissioned and handed over to air traffic control for operations. With this, DIAL successfully commissioned 33 of the 82 stands.
The 14 newly constructed stands were handed over to ATC for operation on July 26, 10 weeks ahead of the scheduled completion date of October 6, 2022.
The new C-code pit layout would facilitate improved air traffic, provide faster turnaround time for aircraft, and improve safety in the apron area.
Each of the new T1 Smart Apron stands is equipped with the latest technology upgrades including Visual Docking Guidance System (VDGS), Fuel Hose System (FHS) and Ground Power Units (GPU) and preconditioned air (PCA).
This would lead to a reduction in the number of ground support equipment (GSE) for an aircraft and, therefore, ensure faster aircraft turnaround time and improved safety.
Commenting on the successful completion of Phase 2 of the T1 apron works, part of DIAL’s Phase 3A expansion works, I. Prabhakara Rao, Deputy General Manager of GMR Group, said: “The Completion of second phase of T1 New Smart Apron expansion works ahead of deadline is another step towards improving infrastructure and passenger experience at Delhi Airport to make it ready for the future. The new smart apron will not only help improve the passenger experience by improving operational efficiency and airside safety. Phase 3A projects, Delhi Airport would be ready to handle around 140 million airside passengers.”
The new apron has a dual taxiway that will accommodate two C-code aircraft or one D-code and above aircraft simultaneously for effective and efficient use of the apron. This new facility will ensure less taxiing time for planes, which means passengers will have to spend less time on the plane after landing.
Upon completion of the Phase 3A expansion works, the apron area will increase from 2,82,000 m² to 6,29,285 m², and the total number of aircraft stands will increase from 55 (previously) to 82, including 22 contact posts and 8 MARS posts. reduce congestion on the apron.
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