Monday, January 04, 2016

Chennai second runway project skids off course

Chennai: Chennai airport suffers from capacity constraints, obliging officials to refuse airlines to start more peak-hour flights. Airports Authority of India (AAI) could not complete the work on installing lights and an instrument landing system on the second runway despite spending '2,200 crore in a recent modernisation drive. So the second runway is not fully operational.
So  the second runway is not fully operational.
Airport director Deepak Shastri said, "We do not have adequate terminals and a second runway . The airport suffers from a limitation which airports like Bengaluru do not face.It is not that airlines do not want to fly from Chennai but we do not have the space to allow all requests for starting services."
AAI received clearance to use the second runway which was extended across Adyar River. But, airlines do not want to use it because there is no instrument landing system (ILS) that allows aircraft to safely home in on the touchdown points of the runway . The flight approach path to the runway has obstacles like buildings and trees which the local body is yet to remove despite repeated requests.
04/01/16 V Ayyappan/Times of India
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