On Friday, November 24, 2017, Mumbai Airport set a new record of handling 969 flights in a 24 hour period. Mumbai Airport broke its own previous world record of 935 flights registered in May 2017 with a total of 969 flights handled during a 24 hour period from 5.30 am on Friday to 5.30 am on Saturday.
The Airport Operator and Airports Authority of India has confirmed this record number attributing the increase to a larger number of unscheduled aircraft movements in the afternoon, a period during which fewer flights are recorded.
This world record is an even greater achievement considering that the flight movement is across a single runway. Mumbai Airport actually has two runways but only one can operate at a time due to the fact that they criss cross each other which technically equates to just a single runway system.
The operator at Mumbai Airport International Airport (MIAL) has confirmed this world record and stated that the aim was now to reach 1000 flights in a 24 hour period. Mumbai Airport handles 45 million passengers each year which is slated to reach 48 million by March 2018. The airport is even busier than the UK Gatwick airport which handles approximately 44 million passengers each year and has capacity to handle 46 take offs.
All flights at the Mumbai Airport use the main runway and the secondary runway is only put to use in the event of emergency situations or repairs across the main runway.