Mumbai airport has become the world’s busiest amongst the single-runway facilities by handling 837 flights a day or one in 65 seconds on an average in fiscal 2017. The airport has overtaken London’s Gatwick airport that had 757 flights a day.
The airport tops with around 45.2 million people flying in and out in fiscal 2017 as against 44 million at Gatwick airport. Illegal squatters occupy nearly one-third of the airport land.
The second airport proposed in Navi Mumbai is yet to come up.
All the leading cities like New York, London, Dubai, and Singapore have more than one airports with multiple runways. The New Delhi airport has three parallel runways in use at any given time.
As against this, Mumbai has to make do with a single runway (09/27) for all passenger and cargo aircraft and when it is shut for repairs, it uses the secondary runway (1432).
In terms of aircraft movement in a day, the city airport had one plane take-off or landing in 65 seconds, which means it handled on an average 48 flights, peaking at even 52 movements at times, making it the busiest in the world on both the counts, an airport spokesperson said.
With PTI Inputs