Sunday, January 14, 2018

Runway at Calicut airport to be partially closed

Kozhikode: The runway of the Calicut airport will be partially closed for six months from Monday to facilitate the expansion of the Runway End Safety Area (RESA). It will remain closed from noon to 2.30 p.m. and from 3.30 p.m to 7 p.m. from January 15 to March 24, and in the second phase, from noon to 8 p.m. from March 25 to June 30.

Airport Director J.T. Radhakrishna told The Hindu on Saturday that RESA works, including rearrangement of runway lights, would be taken up without affecting the existing flight schedules. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) had sanctioned Rs. 6 crore for the works involving major electrical installation and laying of cables. The contract has been awarded to six firms.

RESA is being expanded to 240 m based on the instructions of the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). It is now just 90 metres at both ends, which is against the Civil Aviation Requirement.

Following the works, the length of the table top runway, however, will be reduced from 2,850 metres to 2,700 metres.

The length of the runway strip (the area surrounding the runway for reducing damage to aircraft in the event of its unintentional excursion) will remain at 75 metres on either side. With the expansion of RESA, the airport will enable the operation of wide-bodied aircraft like Boeing 777-200, Mr. Radhakrishna said.
14/01/18 The Hindu