India’s aviation sector received a significant boost as Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia granted approval for the construction of the fourth runway and Eastern Cross Taxiways (ECT) at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport. Joined by Union Minister VK Singh and other officials, Scindia emphasized the aviation sector’s vital role in India’s economic growth. The IGI Airport, now India’s first to feature an elevated taxiway with roads beneath it, aims to reduce aircraft taxi time and enhance efficiency.
The newly constructed 4.5-kilometer runway connects the airport’s northern and southern airfields, considerably reducing taxi distances. Furthermore, the 2.1-kilometer elevated taxiway has the capacity to accommodate large aircraft.
The implementation of these developments not only improves airport operations but also contributes to environmental sustainability, with an estimated annual reduction of 55,000 tones of Carbon Dioxide emissions. With the completion of these projects, the IGI Airport is poised to handle increased air traffic and further propel India’s aviation sector.