Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Airport mulls setting up hangars, fuel farm along second runway

Chennai: Airports Authority of India (AAI) is planning to set up an MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) facility for planes in a 60-acre area on the left of the second runway and a modern fuel farm for refueling planes on 20 acres on the right. The state government has notified the land which does not have houses on it but is green wetland.
A senior official of AAI said, "There are some empty patches of land that is available on either side of the second runway. We will set up hangars and an MRO which are essential for an airport to provide facilities for airlines to run mandatory checks and other maintenence."
"This will help the airlines to attend to the repairs A maintenance, repair and overhaul facility will come up on the 60 acre land (left red circle) on the left of the second runway. A 20 acres area on the right of the runway (right red circle) to have an aviation turbine fuel farm to attend to the repairs and maintenance while the airport will be able to make some money.
The aviation regulator insists on certain mandatory annual checks after which airworthiness certificates will be issued to the aircraft. The MRO can be used for this work also, " the official said.
He said AAI was looking at reviving the MRO facility and Chennai has been selected because it is a major government-run airport in the country after Kolkata.
26/09/17 Times of India
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