Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Two new flight parking bays commissioned at Mangaluru airport, to ease traffic

With a view to deliver the best of services to fliers, Mangalore International Airport (MIA) under the aegis of Airport Authority of India has undertaken several development works from the past 2-3 years. Infrastructure, efficiency of officials, safety, security and facilities for passengers have been given importance.

The most recent addition is the commissioning of two new flight parking bays recently. With this, eight flights can be now parked instead of six at MIA.

Speaking to daijiworld on the project, MIA director J T Radhakrishna said, "The two new parking bays which were completed in a period of six months were commissioned on April 21. The Airport Authority of India spent an amount of Rs 4 crore for the same. As eight flights can be parked now, flight traffic will be reduced. This will attract more airline companies to operate from here. Flights need not wait for other aircraft to take off. Also, it will lead to lesser fuel consumption as flights do not need to keep circling round the airport waiting for parking space.

"The new parking bays will also avoid delay in flights' departure and arrivals. Another four parking bays are being planned which we aim to complete by 2018. Once we provide enough parking space, automatically more flights will start to operate from here. The new bays will help in handling air traffic quite smoothly," he informed.

Answering a query on the other ongoing projects he said, "We have already commissioned phase I of parallel taxi track. The construction of 1,200-metre long parallel taxi track (phase-II) is in progress. Taxi track is the stretch connecting the runway with the parking stand for aircraft in the terminal building. An aircraft uses the taxi track for entry and exit from the parking stand to the runway. With construction of parallel taxi track, the aircraft could move from the parking stand, wait in the additional taxi track and enter the runway for take-off immediately after the plane that has landed exits the runway.
25/04/17 Daiji World

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