New Delhi: Travellers to the airport in the capital can now gasp a sigh of relief as the trains on the Airport Metro Express line will run for 18 hours every day, starting from Sunday. Metros will run from 5am to 11pm with an interval of 20 minutes between two trains. The move, which will help domestic and international passengers looking to catch early morning or late night flights, has been awaited since the line was opened to the public almost a month ago.

The Airport Metro line, which was started on February 23, earlier used to run metros on this line from 6am to 10pm.
More than six thousand passengers travel on Airport Express line on a daily basis. Metros running on this route have made it possible for passengers to travel from New Delhi railway station to Dwarka- 21 via airport in 20 minutes.

However, it is seen that this line is more frequently used by passengers who want to travel to the Delhi airport. Therefore, the Delhi Airport Metro Express Private Limited has decided to increase the frequency of the metros running on this line by extending the time.

Including the Heathrow Airport in London and the Hong Kong airport in China, metros in all other foreign countries connecting the airport run for 20 hours per day.   

In the Delhi Airport Metro line, 8 trains of six coaches each, run with a 20 minutes interval. After completing all the trips in a day, 3 to 4 hours of maintenance work is required for these coaches. Thus, giving an 18 hours service in a day should not be much of a problem.

JPN/ Bureau