NEW DELHI: Fourteen new Code C stands at the Delhi airport’s Terminal 1 smart apron have now become operational, said Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL). The aircraft are parked at these stands after landing or before boarding. These new stands will reduce the turnaround time of aircraft.
These stands are part of the second phase of the construction of the proposed expanded apron for T1, under the Phase 3A airport expansion plan. The new apron for T1 is being built in three phases. In the first phase, 19 out of 82 Code C stands were made operational in October 2021. Now, 14 stands have been commissioned and handed over to Air Traffic Control for operations.
The new layout of Code C stands will facilitate improved air traffic flow, ensure faster turnaround time for aircraft and improve safety in the apron area, said DIAL. Each of the stands in the new smart T1 apron is equipped with latest technological upgrades, including visual docking guidance system and fuel hydrant system.
I Prabhakara Rao, deputy managing director, GMR Group, said: "The completion of the second phase of work for the expansion of T1’s new smart apron before the deadline is another step towards enhancing the infrastructure and passenger experience at the Delhi airport to make it future-ready. Post completion of Phase 3A projects, the airport would be ready to handle around 140 million passengers on the airside."
The new apron has a dual taxiway that will cater to either two Code C aircraft simultaneously or one Code D and above aircraft for effective and efficient use of the apron. This new facility will ensure less taxiing time for aircraft which means passengers will have to spend less time in the aircraft after landing.