Thursday, February 25, 2016

24x7 airport operations soon

Bhubaneswar: The Biju Patnaik International Airport here will have to keep the operations on 24X7 for three and half months to facilitate landing and takeoff of Kolkata-bound flights as renovation of one of the runways in Kolkata is underway.
Usually, operations at Bhubaneswar airport close at 10.30 pm. Winter is an exception, when airport authorities continue operations beyond 10.30 pm as flights from other neighbouring airports land here because of zero visibility due to fog at the scheduled destination. However, the headquarters of Airports Authority of India (AAI) has directed the Bhubaneswar airport officials to pull up their socks for additional duties.
According to airport sources, the round-the-clock operation will start from Friday (February 26) and continue till June 9, tentative date for completion of runway work at Kolkata. "The re-carpeting work of one of the runways is going on and we have been asked by AAI headquarters to keep the Air Traffic Control and other services open throughout the night except on Sundays," airport director Sharad Kumar told TOI.
25/02/16 Times of India
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