Delhiís airport busier than Mumbaiís by 40 flights a day

Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGAI) has overtaken the Mumbai airport that was once the country's busiest airport in terms of air traffic movement (ATM) and passenger footfalls. While this was officially announced by Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel earlier this week, ATM figures accessed by Newsline revealed that there is a difference of over 1,200 aircraft movements per month between these two airports. Accordingly, there is a difference of 40 aircraft movements between these two airports on a daily basis.

A spokesperson for the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) said that the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) saw 1,13,321 aircraft movements in the last six months (from February to July). So, on a monthly basis the airport recorded around 18,887 aircraft movements, he said. This translates into an average of 630 aircraft movements in the Mumbai airport on a daily basis. According to the Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) spokesperson, there are around 670 aircraft movements in the Delhi airport on a daily basis. "For the past six months, the airport recorded around 20,000 ATMs per month," said the DIAL spokesperson.

For the financial year 2008-09, while the Mumbai airport recorded 23.6 million passenger footfalls, the Delhi airport recorded 22.84 million.

While both the airports are undergoing modernisation programmes, the Mumbai airport is expected to reach its maximum capacity in terms of passenger traffic and ATMs by 2014.

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