Wednesday, September 12, 2018

AAI readying better parking bays for big planes

Chennai: Once the ongoing taxiway straightening work is complete, the city airport can handle more cargo as parking bays will be able to accommodate bigger B747-800 cargo planes. The taxiway work is expected to be finished by March next year.

The three parking bays, which were in front of the old airport building at Meenambakkam near the integrated cargo terminal, were not broad enough to park such giant planes and made unloading goods difficult. Airports Authority of India (AAI) has demolished the old airport building as part of the taxiway work. Once work is completed, the airport will have more space to build parking bays that can accommodate widebody cargo planes.
The old bays couldn’t handle big planes like B747-800 aircraft resulting in the airport losing business.

“It is not feasible to park the planes in remote parking bays located between the main runway and the second runway because it is difficult to unload and take the cargo out to the terminal,” an AAI official said.
12/09/18 V Ayyappan/Times of India