The Mumbai airport recorded 969 aircraft movements, the highest in a 24-hour period, on Friday, eclipsing its previous best of 935 registered in May this year. The over-crowded Mumbai airport handles 45 million passengers every year and is expected to reach its saturation point of 48 million passengers by March 2018. This created a history and a world record for an airport that operates only one runway at any given point of time whose aim is to reach 1,000 aircraft movements. An AAI official said that the airport handles a minimum of 46 flights per hour.
Mumbai’s airport, which has two runways, can operate only one at a time because they criss-cross each other, with lack of land ruling out the construction of one more. As a result, it is technically a single-runway facility. According to the reports, an increase in the number of flight movements using a single runway is an achievement for the airport operator and the Airports Authority of India (AAI). All flights at the Mumbai airport use the main runway.