ATC Choice in the Indian Subcontinent!

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Hey guys, on Thursday this week, it is ATC choice in India and the surrounding regions so I am making this topic to let you all know about the airports here in this underrated part of IF! Anyways, lets get going!

MAIN HUBS

INDIRA GANDHI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

This airport is known as India’s busiest airport, New Delhi! IGI airport was named after the former prime minister of India Indira Gandhi. It got its name on 1986, in honour of her death.

RUNWAYS

Runway Length
09/27 2,812m/9229ft
10/28 3,810m/12,500ft
11/29 4,430m/14,534ft

Expect runways 27/28/29 to be in use, as the winds are more appropriate for those wind directions.

FUN FACTS

Did you know that runway 11/29 has one of the longest displaced thresholds in the world. Due to this, arriving aircraft has to use lots of brakes to stop safely on the runway.

In 2018, IGI airport overtook John F Kennedy Airport as the world’s most 20 busiest airports in the world! That’s right guys, Delhi is actually busier thank JFK!

CHARTS

https://aim-india.aai.aero/sites/default/files/aip_supplements/AIPS_2019_28_0.pdf

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CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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Here we go, the other massive hub of India, Mumbai! Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is India’s number 2 busiest airport, behind Delhi, and the name comes from the might Indian king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. In 2018, it got renamed from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.

RUNWAYS

Runway Length
09/27 3,660m/12,008ft
14/32 2,990m/9,810ft

CSMIA Airport is using single runways only, despite there being 2 runways. Runway 27 will be used mostly and 14/32 only in rare circumstances.

FUN FACTS

In 2018, CSMIA became the world’s busiest single runway airport after surpassing Gatwick with a whopping 1,033 flights within 24 hours, compared to Gatwick which has around over 800.

Vistara airlines, a fairly new Indian carrier, has an exclusive part of T2 to themselves. If you are flying Vistara, expect speedy security and an area that isn’t too crowded.

Mumbai T2 is very beautiful! If you are departing, you can expect to see some fine Indian artwork! Also, the facilities there are very clean!

CHARTS

https://aim-india.aai.aero/eaip-v2//25-05-2017/eAIP/EC-AD-2.1VABB-en-GB.pdf

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INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS

TRIBHUVAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Tribhuvan International Airport is Nepal’s only international airport. It is known for its stunning departures and approach, as it is situated in between the Himalayas.

RUNWAYS

Runway Length
02/20 3,350m/10,991ft

The singular runway at Kathmandu gets very crowded as lots of airlines fly there due to tourism. Currently, you can expect a delay of 1 hour+ and it will most likely be for traffic reasons.

FUN FACTS

Kathmandu Airport has some stunning scenery after when you depart it, be sure to take some stunning screenshots guys!

The airport has flights to some of the most dangerous airports in the world, this includes Lukla, Simikot, Talcha, and probably more than that.

CHARTS

http://www.uvairlines.com/admin/resources/VNKT.pdf

https://skyvector.com/airport/VNKT/Tribhuvan-International-Airport

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BANDARANAIKE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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Ah, the beautiful island of Sri Lanka! Colombo Airport is the main airport in Sri Lanka, and despite the small size, it is serving airports like London and Melbourne. Recently it has been working on a new terminal and it will finish constructing soon!

RUNWAYS

Runway Size
04/22 3,350m/10,990ft

There will be 2 new runways coming soon 2 the airports presumably due to traffic reasons.

FUN FACTS

Colombo Airport is very close to some tourist attractions in Sri Lanka, like Galle. You will not need a long taxi ride if you plan on going directly to the attractions! :)

CHARTS

https://skyvector.com/airport/VCBI/Bandaranaike-International-Apt-Colombo-Airport

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OTHER MAIN AIRPORTS

KEMPEGOWDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

RUNWAYS

Runway Length
09L/27R 4,000m/13,123ft
09R/27L 4000m/13,123ft

CHARTS

https://aim-india.aai.aero/eaip-v2//25-05-2017/eAIP/EC-AD-2.1VOBL-en-GB.pdf

https://aim-india.aai.aero/sites/default/files/aip_supplements/AIPS_2019_149.pdf

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NETAJI SUBHAS CHANDRA BOSE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

RUNWAYS

Runway Length
01L/19R 3,190m/10,498ft
01R/19L 3,627m/11,900ft

CHARTS

https://aim-india.aai.aero/eaip-v2//25-05-2017/eAIP/EC-AD-2.1VECC-en-GB.pdf

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RAJIV GANDHI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

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RUNWAYS

Runway Length
09L/27R 3,800m/12,162ft
09R/27L 4,260m/13,976ft

CHARTS

https://aim-india.aai.aero/eaip-v2//25-05-2017/eAIP/EC-AD-2.1VOHS-en-GB.pdf

https://aim-india.aai.aero/sites/default/files/aip_supplements/AIPS_2017_61.pdf

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CHENNAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

RUNWAYS

Runway Length
07/25 3,662m/12,025ft
12/30 2,935m/9,629ft

CHARTS

https://aim-india.aai.aero/eaip-v2//25-05-2017/eAIP/EC-AD-2.1VOMM-en-GB.pdf

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OTHER AIRPORTS

  • VOGO
  • VAAH
  • VOMD
  • VOTV
  • VCBI
  • VEBS
  • VGHS
  • VGSY
  • VNKT
  • VILK
  • VILH
  • VISR
  • VIDN
  • VIJU
  • VEGT
  • VAPO
  • VEMN
  • VERC
  • VEKO
  • VIAR
  • VQPR
    And a lot, lot more!

MAIN CONTROLLERS

Here are some main controllers to look out for!

@Henry
@Vignesh_S
@Manav_Suri
@Jet_Airways_995
@indraniel
@Gopisreekanth_Chukka
@MJMN
@king_ps09
@Shiv
@Prashant_Divedi
@Harish_Kumar1
@NiharG
@Saharsh
@Siddhansh
@Pranay
@Guxk

And the other controllers of IFATC!

SUGGESTED ROUTES

Aircraft Livery Dep ICAO Arr ICAO
A320 6E VABB VOGO
A321 AI VECC VIDP
B739 9W VOMM VABB
B788 AI VOMM VIDP
A320 6E VECC VABB
A319 AI (GENERIC) VIDP VILH
A319 B3 (GENERIC) VIDP VQPR
A320 6E VECC VGHS
A320 6E VIDP VNKT
B739 9W VABB VECC
DH8D BG (GENERIC) VGSY VGHS
B77W BG (GENERIC) VGHS VGSY
A332 RA (GENERIC) VNKT VABB

You do not have to fly these routes, but you can if you want! Please try and avoid flying from Mumbai to Delhi and vice versa, try to explore the hidden gems the Indian Subcontinent has to offer.

The IFATC team wishes you all a pleasant experience when you come fly around the area! Have a great day/night!

Credits:
Taj Mahal
Delhi Airport
Mumbai Airport
Kathmandu
Colombo Airport
Bengaluru Airport
Kolkata Airport
Hyderabad Airport
Chennai Airport
Jaipur
Mount Everest
Please reply in the thread if you would like to have an airport of your choice on here!

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Another good route is VNKT-VQPR! Its a really nice route and a fun approach

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Nice work. One problem I see though is that you didn’t say I’m one of the controllers to look about for😡😂. I’m actually pretty active atc though

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Looking forward to controlling somewhere new tomorrow! Great thread, well done!

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Nice topic! This will help some people who is not familiarized with the India!

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I imagine Dehli and Mumbai will be the main featured commercial hubs.

You’ll definitely see a ton of traffic between Kathmandu and Lukla, hopefully Center can provide a fun, safe experience!

Paro is another addition…

Personally I’d like to see Lahore or Islamabad open, something which I might open. It would be nice to see some PIA 777-200LR’s in action.


Nice thread anyways!

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Can’t wait to controll airports across India! Nice work on the thread @Henry! After all, my parents are from India! :)

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I hope to control at my hometown Hyderabad airport ❤️

include me on the list @Henry 😠😂

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I’m praying someone opens up Paro, if the winds favor runway 15 it’s going to be so much fun!

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Looking forward to flying domestically before heading out to Vancouver!

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It would be awesome if there would be an approach controller for VILH. To provide the perfect approach vectors. It would be quite sun @Henry

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Hey everyone! Ill be controlling Sri Lanka tomorrow 1600Z-1800Z :) And Paro somewhere around 2400Z :)

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Probably gonna open VILH tomorrow, super cool location and no published approaches so all skill!

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That’s just what I was hoping for. Thank you!

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Really nice thread @Henry well done

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VECC My hometown airport will be controlling this from the start.

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Great thread. Looking forward to meet y’all at all the airports. You heard it right. I will fly to all of the airports listed above.

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Just did, sorry about that!

No worries… thanks :)

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Guys at Mumbai try not to request crossing for runway 14! Thanks!