Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Madurai airport to get seven new aprons

With the aircraft parking area at Madurai airport getting congested during peak hours, the Airports Authority of India has proposed to construct seven more aprons. The tender for the work has been floated and the work is expected to begin in three months.

“At present, at least five to six aircraft land here and take off between 11.30 a.m. and 2 p.m. every day. We have got seven aprons – five for bigger aircraft and two for smaller ones. But, with all the flights operated during peak hours being bigger ones, we find it difficult to park all of them,” Airport Director V.V. Rao told The Hindu here on Monday.

The AAI has to turn down the proposal for any unscheduled flight landings during the peak hour. “We either ask them to land and take off before or after the peak hours,” he said. Sometimes, the old runway is used as helipad due to want of space. Hence, the AAI has planned to construct seven more aprons – five for bigger aircraft and two for helicopters. The work is likely to be completed by next year.
Meanwhile, the AAI has also taken up the work for providing a third aerobridge at the new terminal building. “It has been made mandatory for all bigger aircraft to use the two aerobridges, if available. The airliners prefer to use buses for transporting passengers to the terminal building from aircraft and vice versa as they find it faster. But, the passengers are put to inconvenience in the process. The AAI has mandated the use of aerobridges to ensure safety of passengers,” Mr. Rao said.
16/05/18 S Sundar/The Hindu