Saturday, May 12, 2018

Indian Navy: Goa airport's runway might not be safe

After extensive discussions with all stakeholders, the Indian Navy has dropped its plan of closing down the Goa International Airport's runway for maintenance every Saturday and Sunday.

Instead, they have decided to undertake preventive runway repairs every Saturday for five hours in the morning.

However, it has warned that the state of the runway might "compromise safe operations".
The decision to make preventive runway repairs on Saturdays was taken after extensive deliberations with the Airports Authority of India (AAI), domestic airlines, and chartered flight operators.

The maintenance work will begin from October, after the end of the monsoons.

The decision comes as a relief to the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, which had been dreading a potential closure of the runway.

Yet, despite agreeing to reduce maintenance periods to keep the airport operational, the Indian Navy has warned of potential dire consequences.

Officials warned that the Dabolim Airport had far exceeded its capacity pertaining to flight operations, and there was little to no time for runway maintenance.

Consequently, the deteriorating condition of the runway might pose operational and safety hazards in the months to come.
12/05/18 Shiladitya Ray/NewsBytes

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