Monday, October 16, 2017

Airport hires US advisers

Dum Dum: A surge in domestic traffic and stunted growth in the international sector have prompted the airport authorities to hire an American consultancy to reorient its expansion plans.

Landrum & Brown, which specialises in aviation planning and development, will review the master plan for the airport's expansion and recommend changes based on utilisation of the facilities.

According to the company's website, it has done similar master plan reviews for two privately managed airports in India - Delhi and Hyderabad. The firm has also sketched assessment plans for Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Melbourne and Thailand airports.

"The firm will start the study early next month. The master plan was drawn in 2008-09 and the aviation scenario has since undergone lot of changes. All these factors now have to be included," airport director Atul Dixit said on Sunday.

Passenger traffic to and from the city has increased in the last few years, but this growth has been mostly in the low-cost domestic sector. The passenger count in the domestic sector increased by almost 26 per cent in 2016-17 over the previous year - from 12.8 million to 15.8 million. But growth was stunted in the international sector with 2.3 million passengers in 2016-17 against 2.15 million the previous year.
16/10/17 Sanjay Mandal/Telegraph
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