Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Goa airport to partially shut on Saturdays for runway repair

Panaji: The Navy has decided to shut Goa's Dabolim airport for six hours every Saturday from November 2 for the maintenance of its runway which is in a deteriorating condition following heavy rains, an official said on Wednesday.

The Dabolim Airport is part of the naval airbase of INS Hansa and also doubles up as a civilian facility.

The closure will not affect the airport's civilian operations as they would be carried out during the time allotted for naval sorties, a Navy spokesperson said.

"The Navy held a meeting with the Airports Authority of India and all airline operators, including chartered flight operators, on August 1 to discuss the winter flight schedule on weekends in order to facilitate periodic maintenance of the Goa airport's runway," he said.

"The excessively heavy rains this monsoon season have adversely affected the runway surface," he added.

After extensive discussions, all stakeholders agreed upon the requirement of runway maintenance slot of six hours - from 6.30 am to 12.30 pm every Saturday, he said.
11/09/19 PTI/India Today

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