Jyotiraditya M. Scindia Inaugurates 4th Runway at Delhi Airport

IGI Airport becomes the first airport in the country to have four runways and an elevated taxiway.

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Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, Union Minister for Civil Aviation and Steel inaugurated a new runway and a dual-way elevated taxiway at New Delhi International Airport today. With this, the IGI Airport, New Delhi has become the first airport in the country to have four runways and becomes the first airport in the country to have an elevated taxiway. During the event, General (Dr.) Vijay Kumar Singh (Retd.) Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, and Road Transport and Highways, Shri Sanjeev Kumar, Chairman, Airport Authority of India, Shri G. M. Rao, Group Chairman, GMR were also present.

Eastern Cross Taxiway (ECT) will help in enhancing the passenger experience by reducing time spent on the tarmac by flyers after landings and before take-offs. Furthermore, four runway operations and the ECT will significantly increase capacity at IGIA – making it capable of handling 1700+ movements.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia said “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Civil Aviation sector is not only contributing to the transportation sector but also becoming a key enabler in the rise of the economic power of India. Today is a landmark day for Indian civil aviation, both on infrastructure side and services side. The Eastern Cross Taxiway is the first of its kind in India. Also, this elevated Eastern Cross Taxiway (ECT) will see a reduction of almost 55 thousand tons of CO2 Emission on annual basis. Also, this ECT, along with the fourth runway and the new integrated Terminal 1, will make Delhi Airport future-ready and fulfil the dream of creating a major International Hub. Capacity along with Technological intervention will further enhance the passenger experience. The northern part of the airfield and the southern part of the airfield will be conveniently connected by this. It means an 8 to 9 minute reduction in taxi time. This runway makes Delhi Airport, the only airport in the country to have 4 runways.  This runway along with the terminal expansion will add to creating capacity to serve more than 109 million people throughput which would crest and beat even Atlanta in its capability. With that capacity in place, we would be well positioned both on an infrastructure side and a capability side for creating the international civil aviation hub in India.” 

Some of the salient features of the runway and taxiway include:

Fourth Runway (11R/29L)Eastern Cross Taxiway (ECT)
  • Total paved length of 4.4km and width of 45m
  • Ability to handle wide-body aircraft including A-380& B-777
  • Enhanced capacity to handle simultaneous flight operations
  • The runway is designed in compliance with Aerodrome Reference Code 4F


  • Dual-way elevated taxiway connecting Northern & Southern airfields
  • 2.1kmlong and 44m wide dual-lane elevated Code F-compliant taxiways
  • The taxiways will have a gap of 47m toallow safe and simultaneous passage of two big aircraft
  • Will help reduce taxi distance for aircraft by 7 km
  • Reduce CO2 emissions by 55,000 tonnes annually

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