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BOM sets new world record: 969 flights in 24 hours

 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:31 pm    Post subject: BOM sets new world record: 969 flights in 24 hours Reply with quote

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/in-24-hours-mumbai-airport-handles-969-flights-sets-new-world-record/articleshow/61801575.cms

In 24 hours, Mumbai airport handles 969 flights; sets new world record

Nov 26, 2017

Creating a new world record for single-runway operations, Mumbai airport handled 969 take-offs and landings in 24 hours on Friday. It broke its own record of 935, said a Mumbai International Airport Ltd spokesperson (MIAL).

Mega cities such as New York, London, Dubai and Delhi have airports with two or more runways that operate simultaneously. Though Mumbai has two runways, they criss-cross each other, so only one runway is used at a time. Technically this puts Mumbai in the single-runway airport category. So it's in the league of busy single-runway secondary airports of cities like London (Gatwick, Stansted airports), Istanbul (Sabiha Gokcen airport) and major airports of smaller cities like San Diego (US), Fukuoka (Japan) and Xiamen (China).

Mumbai handles over 900 airline flights per day. The record high air traffic movement (take-offs and landings) happen on days when the number of unscheduled flights-charter aircraft, private aircraft-go up, like it did on Friday. These flights are banned during the morning and evening peak hours, so when the load goes up during non-peak hours, new records are set. "We hope to cross 1,000 aircraft movements per day soon,'' the MIAL official said.

In civil aviation, the norm is to record time in UTC (Coordinated Universal Time, same as GMT) and Indian Standard Time is five-and-a-half hours ahead of UTC. The feat was achieved from 5.30am on Friday to 5.30am on Saturday.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone know the difference in hourly airline movements between LGW and BOM? I was wondering if BOM could squeeze more takeoffs/landings. Toking at it per day, doesn't take into account that LGW is not a 24 hour airport.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, a good point for comparison. LGA in 2016 handled about 370,000 flights which is about 1013 flights per day ( hours ? ) and a total of 30 M passengers most of which were domestic. Its runways are tiny, two intersecting at 90 degree and only 7000 ft long. BOM is way ahead of LGA. More LGA story in Wikipedia.org.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caliguy wrote:
Does anyone know the difference in hourly airline movements between LGW and BOM? I was wondering if BOM could squeeze more takeoffs/landings. Toking at it per day, doesn't take into account that LGW is not a 24 hour airport.


LGW does not see as many widebodies as BOM does. Widebodies tend to reduce the frequency of departures due to wider separation standards.

I reckon BOM would leave LGW behind if it got only as many widebodies that LGW does.
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