Not sure if BOM's rwy 27/09 would accomodate an A380 with its current length (11500 ft if I'm not mistaken) with not much space on either end to lengthen. Parking - possibly for 1 specimen.....maybe a special extention to terminal 2C sufficient to park 1 A380. BOM badly needs another terminal for international flights, what with the new Indo-US agreement and 9W S2
But with slums surrounding the airport (all encroached on IAAI land) and the politicians (Kripashankar Singh & Nawab Malik) from Mr Praful Patel's own party and alliance partner spoiling the party everytime the 'demolition' word is taken, it will be a huge task to free space around the airport for expansion of runway, new terminals etc. The refurbishment of terminal 1B is a welcome step, somehow the 'ground experience' of term 1A (Indian Airlines) just didn't match with the 'air experience' of IC
. Now 1B's ground experience and air experience with pvt airlines will hopefully match ! As far as I know Term 1B will not have aerobrdiges since (a) they would be able to accomodate only 4 - 5 and (b) if they do it would reduce tarmac space which is badly needed to accomodate non-IC aircraft incl 9W
, DN and soon KF
Delhi has much more space for expansion of runway, accomodating new parking bays, as well as a new terminal if required. So an A380 at Delhi is much easier to achieve than Bombay but more traffic will come from BOM for sure.
Whatever happens, if the 380 manages to land and stop in time, it will be an event as great as, if not greater, than the visit of the 747 in the early 70's and a treat to us Indian aviation buffs.