Bengaluru to become India’s 2nd busiest airport next winter

Mumbai’s constrained Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport is likely to further slip a position lower to become India’s third busiest aviation hub by next winter in terms of daily flight movement. Bengaluru, which will have an independent second runway operational from December 5, is set to handle more flights per day than Mumbai by next winter, top air traffic control officials say.

With its two cross runways, Mumbai is handling its peak capacity of 960 flights a day — a figure that has on a few occasions touched the 1,000-mark. But it has no capacity to handle more flights with its air traffic controllers putting in a superhuman effort to make it the world’s busiest single runway airport. In the current winter schedule Bengaluru will be handling 731 flights per day. “Once the second runway becomes operational on December 5, Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport will see its flight handling capacity rise significantly. While Mumbai can’t go beyond existing 960/970-mark, KIA will overtake this figure by next winter,” said a senior ATC official.

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