The Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) in New Delhi has announced full preparedness to tackle the
fog season that is expected to begin in the third or fourth week of December.
Senior officials and Air Traffic Control said they have initiated a number of measures including installation of new Runway Visual Range devices, an additional 300 seats at the terminal and a cross-platform portal (Delhi Airport Collaborative Decision Making (DA-CDM) to ensure that inconvenience for Delhi airport passengers is minimised.
“DA-CDM would allow us to recover much faster at the time of flight disruption during low visibility conditions. A DA-CDM LVP (Low Visibility Procedures) Cell has also been positioned inside Airport Operations Control Centre,” DIAL CEO, I Prabhakara Rao was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
The concept involves airport operators, airlines, ground handlers and ATC collaborating and sharing data through automated system on a connected platform visible to everyone to increase overall airport efficiency. The three runways 28,29 and 11 at the IGI Airport are certified for CAT III B operations, which would allow landing of this instrument compliant aircraft. This system, which is already in place at major airports in America and Europe, is also expected to reduce emissions and save fuel for airlines.