Saturday, March 11, 2017

Development works apace at Madhurapudi airport

The Madhurapudi airport is being given a facelift to enable it to handle passenger traffic and cargo in the next couple of months.

Eighty per cent of work on the construction of four parking bays has been completed. They will be commissioned by April to help park six ATR-72 aircraft.

Strengthening and re-carpeting of the old runway is also under way. With the authorities acquiring 857 acres of land to extend the runway from the existing 1.75 km to 3.16 km, the airport will be able to handle big aircraft. Construction of the isolation bay will also be completed in next three to four months.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI), which studied the tourism potential in East Godavari district, has in principle agreed to allow landing of aircraft such as A-320, A-321, and Boeing 737-900 in the next one year.

At present, the airport has permission to land only two ATR aircraft.

The airport has seen 80% growth in passenger traffic in the last one year. It is now handling seven arrivals and departures of ATR aircraft, apart from nine arrivals and departures of helicopters mostly belonging to the oil companies.
11/03/17 B.V.S. Bhaskar/The Hindu