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Delhi Airport prepared for the Fog season

 2016-12-06 13:36:16.0

Fog season TAHLKA NEWS BYURO New Delhi.�Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd, a GMR Group led consortium today announced its preparedness for the Fog season at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA). The airport operator has made extensive arrangements to minimize inconvenience to passengers and ensure continuity of flight operations during Low Visibility Period (LVP). In conjunction with ATC, DIAL has introduced Pre-Departure Sequencing tool as part of the Delhi Airport-Collaborative Decision Making (DA-CDM) process. Speaking on the preparedness DIAL CEO, Mr. I Prabhakara Rao said, �We are fully prepared to handle flight operations this year. CAT-IIIB system installed at Delhi Airport is capable of handling flight arrivals with Runway Visibility Range of up to 50 M. We are proud of the team-work displayed by IGIA stakeholders every fog season with a collective aim of enhancing passenger convenience and safety. Delhi Fog is a stellar example of synergy among Air Traffic Controllers, Airlines, Ground Handlers, MET and Airport staff. At an operational level it talks volumes of our capabilities of Emergency preparedness and Crises response.� The enhanced version of DA-CDM, which was introduced last year has shown good results.� It has enabled faster recovery at the time of flight disruption during low visibility condition. It ensures optimum utilization of ATC resources, runways/taxiways etc. resulting in reduced workload of controllers, minimum ground delays, reduced radio telephony congestion and increased level of safety. �We are grateful to the MET office for installing 18 RVR devices at Delhi Airport with full redundancy on main RWYs 11/29 and 10/28 and partial redundancy on RWY 27. We aim to reduce delays and congestion due to fog, by devising a plan that would ensure smooth flow of flight information, on an almost real time basis, to the passengers��added Mr. Rao. Three runways at the IGI Airport; 28, 29 and 11 are certified for CAT III B operations, which would allow landing of the compliant aircrafts with visibility as low as 50 meters, Aircraft can take off with visibility of 125 M. Speaking on the arrangements, Mr. AK Bhardwaj, General Manager, Air Traffic Movement (ATM)-ATC said "AAI has made all the necessary arrangements to ensure uninterrupted provision of safe, efficient and orderly �Air Traffic Services at IGI Airport. All the DGCA mandated guidelines and recommendations in respect of IGI Airport, have been implemented by AAI. The Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) process to effectively manage any disruptions due to fog is already in place and all the stakeholders are on-board to ensure that there is least inconvenience to the air travellers during the winter months. This process of Fog-CDM will lead to optimal utilization of the airport capacity and fuel saving for airlines, resulting in less carbon emissions and environmental gains for the community. The preventive and mandatory checks of all the equipment have been carried out as per the�maintenance schedule.�The refresher training for Air Traffic Controllers at IGI Airport has been conducted at the Regional Training Centre (RTC) at Delhi in the month of November 2016." The facilities available at T3 and T1D during this fog season are aimed at not just providing the passengers timely information but also to offer them all possible amenities supported by modern infrastructure. The overall highlights of DIAL�s readiness for the fog season are as follows:-

Passenger Terminals- T3, T-1D and T1C ������ Display Met information at MATVs inside Terminals ������ Frequent updates to passengers/visitors on ETDs & ETAs ������ Four additional helpdesks are installed at entry gates where information on cancellations and delays will be displayed ������ Dynamic deployment of Terminal Operations staff at critical positions to guide passengers and provide information ������ Sufficient F&B outlets available ������ Additional F & B counters are provided for passengers with the intent of ensuring adequate supplies (including in Piers). In Domestic and International Piers each two locations ������ Seating arrangements have been enhanced ������ All airlines are briefed for deployment of additional staff for appropriate manning of Check-in counters / Boarding gate areas during fog situation. ������ Adequate number of trolleys and trolley pushers. Total trolleys available (T1&T3) is 7075 ������ Additional seating capacity has been provided in the terminal building ������ Ensure 100% availability of FIDS system, with continuously updated information ������ Cleanliness of the toilets and the terminals will be ensured during fog through deployment of additional manpower ������ Dedicated Senior Team will be available during the LVP period
City Side ������ Tow Crane is kept ready for smooth traffic flow ������ Additional Traffic Marshals are deployed for smooth taxi flow during fog ������ Adequate lighting is provided in the Car Parking ������ Airport Patrol Vehicles fitted with PA system, Radio Sets and Beacons ������ The complete Airport road network is distinctly & clearly painted with Retro reflective paints with Glass beads for better visibility ������ All the signages have retro reflective tapes of high quality which gives better directional control for the driver ������ The road edges have road studs which reflect & emit lights ������ All U-Turns have adequate chevrons & road studs to give a distinct clarity of the edges ������ The LUX levels of all electrical poles are maintained for better road visibility ������ Reflective tapes are fixed on all electrical poles ������ There are Go slow Led barriers on required barriers ������ No vehicles are allowed to park on the roads. Our 24x7 patrolling by the bikers keeps on removing vehicles parked on the roads
Airside ������ The 6 RVR equipment on Runway 10/28 have been upgraded for enhanced stability and availability of RVR readings. ������ Runways 11/29 has 8 �sets of RVR equipment which support aircraft to utilize full length of Asia�s longest runway ������ Runways 28, 29 & 11 at IGI Airport are certified for CAT III B operations, which allow compliant aircraft and trained pilots to land even when the runway visibility is down to 50 meters ������ 155 parking stands are equipped with Aeronautical ground lighting system which helps Aircraft to operate in CAT IIIB conditions ������ As pilot has limited view from the cockpit, Follow me service is provided to facilitate Aircraft movement. Trained professionals are deputed for follow me service ������ Taxiway guidance lights suitable for Low visibility Operation ������ Crash Fire tender are deployed at critical position during all Low visibility operation to respond to any emergency
Online information DIAL's website,�www.newdelhiairport.in, will provide the following services: ������� Live Flight Information ������� FLYDel Mobile app ������� Weather forecast (with extended search of 04 days) ������� Worldwide weather forecast ������� Meta search facility for hotel and airline booking ������� Interactive airport maps IGIA live on Social media: Dedicated page on Facebook as: https://www.facebook.com/DelhiAirport, Twitter handle as @Delhi_Airport and m.newdelhiairport.in for the mobile users
Other Initiatives ������ Regular Updation on Flight Information Display Screens ������ IGI Airport has its 24x7 call centre (0124-3376000) ������ Special training given to airport staff
About DIAL: The GMR Group led, Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd (DIAL) is a consortium comprising of GMR Group, Airports Authority of India and Fraport. The consortium has a mandate to finance, design, build, operate and maintain the Delhi Airport for 30 years with an option to extend it by another 30 years. It has truly proven to be a shining example of Public Private Partnership (PPP) and�Make in India. Delhi Airport has been adjudged as World No. 1 Airport by Airports Council International (ACI) for two successive years - 2014 & 2015 in the category of 25-40 million passengers per annum (mppa). DIAL completed the modernization of Delhi�s IGI Airport including the commissioning of Terminal 3 (T3) - India�s largest building post-independence in a record time of 37 months. The passenger Terminals managed by DIAL are recognised for their state-of-the-art infrastructure, design and operational efficiency. T3 serves as a hub for many carriers and has truly redefined the way Indian passengers fly. Delhi Airport is a leading Indian airport both in Passenger and Cargo capabilities with an annual traffic of 48.4mppa and Cargo tonnage of over 0.76 million tons.

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