Friday, December 22, 2006

Master plan for Coimbatore Airport expansion on the cards

Coimbatore: A master plan for the expansion of the Coimbatore Airport at a cost of Rs 57 crore in 18 months is under implementation, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) Chairman, K. Ramalingam, said on Thursday.
Dr. Ramalingam said a global technical advisor and an Indian financial consultant had been appointed for finalising the expansion project.
An integrated cargo complex, a parallel taxi way for ensuring faster handling of aircraft movements, increasing the runway length from 8,500 ft to 9,700 ft and an additional terminal building with aero bridges for handling international aircraft were also on the cards, he said.
Ultimately the plan was to increase the runway length to 12,500 ft in future with even a parallel runway for handling more aircraft at peak hours.
22/12/06 V.S. Palaniappan/The Hindu
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