Mumbai airport created a world record for single runway operations on January 20.  It handled 980 arrivals and take offs in 24 hrs or almost one flight every minute.  On December 6th 2017 Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji airport had a record of 974 flights in 24 hours.  Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji airport has bettered its own feat.  U.K.’s  second largest airport Gatwick remains the most efficient single runway airport in the world but Mumbai airport despite battling a severe space crunch is now headed to achieving the four digit mark in flight operations in a 24 hour window.  For Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) and the airports Authority of India (AAI) any increase in the number  of flight movements using a single runway  will be a major  achievement . The Sydney-based Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), in its 2017 annual report, said the Mumbai airport, which has reached 94% of its maximum passenger handling capacity, would reach saturation point in 2018.  According the U.K.’s Airport Coordination Ltd, Gatwick’s single runway declared an aircraft handling capacity of 870 flight movements per day for summer 2017.  But, unlike the Mumbai airport, which is functional 24 hours a day, Gatwick handles most of its flights between 5 a.m. and midnight because of a night curfew in force since 1971. The peak handling capacity of Gatwick’s single runway is 55 air traffic movements an hour, while Mumbai is inching closer with 52 movements.


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