Friday, November 16, 2018

Work on four aprons begins at airport

Thiruvananthapuram: Amidst the decision of the Union government to rope in a private player for the operation, maintenance and development of the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has commenced the construction of four additional aprons and Ground Support Equipment (GSE) at the airport.

Four code C aircraft or two code E aircraft can be parked at a time in the proposed remote parking bays at the international terminal (T-II) as part of the steps to resolve airlines’ parking problems.

Regional Executive Director, AAI, Southern Region, S. Sreekumar inaugurated the works on the aprons and GSE on Thursday. The work had been awarded to JKG Infratech Pvt. Ltd. for ₹25.83 crore.

The capacity enhancement is part of AAI’s ₹20,000-crore infrastructure upgrade plan to add 273 parking bays at 24 airports managed by it in the country.

Once the four are commissioned, the number of parking bays in T-II will go up to 13. T-I, the domestic terminal on the Shanghumughom side, now has 11 parking bays.

For taking up the work, the taxiway will be closed. A Notice to Airmen (Notam) has been issued to alert pilots worldwide as the work has to be undertaken in the operational area.
16/11/18 The Hindu