Monday, August 12, 2019

Thiruvananthapuram airport handles rush with ease

Thiruvananthapuram: The Thiruvananthapuram international airport handled 25,000-odd additional flyers and 128 flights during the two-day period from August 9 morning when the Cochin international airport remained closed for air traffic after the taxiway got flooded.

This is the second consecutive year that the premier airport of the State is handling international and domestic flights bound for Kochi following the closure of the runway at Cochin airport.

In the 15-day period from August 15, 2018, when Cochin international airport remained closed for air traffic, the Thiruvananthapuram international airport handled 1.15 lakh additional flyers and 1,235 movements of flights, helicopters, and military operations.
All the diverted flights were full. The flyers in the return additional flights diverted from Kochi to the city were less on Friday. But the passenger load in the return flight picked up on Saturday with the KSRTC providing connectivity and flyers coming via road to the capital.

The load on Saturday in the return flights was in the range of 70 to 80% and the two additional flights of Emirates on Sunday was full.

“The additional flights were handled with ease and without any complaints from the flyers. This was achieved without upsetting the scheduled 100 international and domestic flights handled daily by the airport. This has come as a feather in the cap for the airport,” C.V. Ravindran, airport director, told The Hindu.

The operations wing managed the situation through efficient bay management, apron control, and traffic management, the airport director, who oversaw the additional flight operations, said.
12/08/19 S. Anil Radhakrishnan/The Hindu
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