Monday, August 21, 2017

Mangaluru: Airport runway expansion plan found to be unviable, shelved for now

Mangaluru: The extension of the runway at the airport here, which the people of the coast were eagerly awaiting, is being assigned to back burner for the present, it is gathered. As per information, chief secretary of the state, Subhash Chandra Khuntia, has been conveyed this information by Airports Authority of India. The authority has put off the project for now, as it that it is not viable for the present.

Airports Authority of India, it is gathered, is dithering in the matter of extending the runway because of cost involved and practical difficulties faced in extending the runway because of uneven terrain and this being a table top airpot. It therefore plans to undertake measures to make optimum utilization of currently available infrastructure by increasing operations of aircrafts which can be operated from here.

There had been demand for longer runway to enable bigger aircrafts to land here. The current length of the runway here is 2,450 metres that is enough for aircrafts like Airbus 320 and 321 to land. But aircrafts with wider bodies like Boeing 777 and 747 are currently unable to fly to the airport here because they need longer runways. L&T, an infrastructure major, which was asked to prepare a report on the expansion of the runway, had submitted proposals to increase the length of the runway to 3,450 metres.
21/08/17 daijiworld

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