Mumbai: At 50 flights per hour, the capacity of Mumbai airport is the highest in Asia, said Airports Authority of India (AAI) officials during an interactive session with the media at Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower in Mumbai on Monday. Flight movement is under the control of AAI and the Indian Air Force. Flight safety is ensured from the airport grounds itself, said Sanjeev Kumar, Deputy General Manager, Communication Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) of AAI.
The AAI has integrated three local radars and seven radars from Porbandar, Udaipur, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Bellary, Hyderabad and Nagpur into their ATC systems in Mumbai. “This integration helps us see the object flying in all these seven locations,” said Kumar.
There are 800-900 movements of aircrafts per day at both the airports – domestic and international – of Mumbai. “This movement is highest in Asia,” said Kumar.
While passenger use the services separately, for ATC officials there is no bifurcation of domestic and international airports. “It may be the domestic or international flight – it is considered as a flight,” said Kumar.
“There are primary and secondary radars that easily detect the target. These radars can detect an object of 2 square-metres flying in the air,” said MN Ansari, Joint General Manager, CNS.
No aircraft movement is possible without the permission of AAI or defence. But if at all any aircraft flies then it will be detected by the system and proper action will be taken by the defence.
AAI officials have maintained international standards at Mumbai airport despite there being a huge crunch of infrastructure as well as manpower. “We have maintained world-class standard, but our stress level is very high,” said an AAI official requesting anonymity.