Friday, September 22, 2017

Mangaluru INC wants airport upgraded

The Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has asked the state government to develop Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) by initiating a series of urgent measures.

Jeevan Saldanha, president, KCCI, has demanded the government to provide Runway End Safety Area (RESA) by constructing an additional 60 m of runway. Extension of runway length of MIA from 2,450 m to 3,050 m can take place by acquiring 62 acres of land with a project cost of Rs 600-700 crore. KCCI has also requested the government to provide bilateral agreement/ air traffic rights to allow airlines to fly to Mangaluru. KCCI has sent letters demanding the same to the prime minister, chairman, Airports Authority of India, chief secretary, state government and ministers concerned from the State and Union government and elected representatives.

KCCI president Jeevan Saldanha told Bangalore Mirror, “MIA is one of the fastest-growing airports in South India and the airport has witnessed phenomenal growth in both domestic and International sectors in the last five years. Now, there are around 56 operations daily from this airport (28 arrivals and 28 departures). It is handling 328 aircraft movements per week (International - 108, Domestic – 256, with 9 international flights connecting to eight Gulf cities. There has been a significant increase in the number of passengers traveling from Mangaluru in the last few years, and for FY 2015-16, Mangaluru has seen overall growth of 28 per cent in passengers, with 40 per cent increase in international and 21 per cent increase in domestic passengers.”
22/09/17 Bangalore Mirror