Published on : Monday, December 4, 2017
There is an average 15 minutes of taxiing at six of the busiest airports in Indian states is likely to cost airlines Rs 2,000 crore annually by 2021, convincing them to determine the new and innovative ways to reduce fuel consumption and switch to greener ways of steering the aircraft on the ground.
According to the recent study, the total airline fuel burnt is likely to increase by 40 per cent by 2021–going up from 1, 67,000 tones in 2016 to 2, 34,000 tonnes.
Of the total there are about 85 operational airports in India, airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Kolkata handle nearly 65 per cent of the total air traffic.
The cost of fuel burnt is likely to go up from Rs 1,400 crore in 2016 to nearly Rs 2,000 crore in 2021, according to the findings of the study carried out by Ashwani Khanna, Vice-President, Delhi International Airport Limited.
The fuel burn in the airports will also take its toll on the environment as carbon emissions register a proportionate increase of 40 per cent by 2021–up from 5,27,000 tonne to 7,39,000 tonne.
The aviation experts fear that with the airport infrastructure failing to keep pace with the growth in traffic, waiting time for aircraft is only bound to increase and there is unlikely to be any respite for airlines in terms of expenditure on fuel.