Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Your wait by runway before take-off may come down soon

Chennai: In four months, passengers may not have to sit for too long inside a taxiing plane at the city airport. The time taken to reach the end of the main runway for takeoff will reduce as work to remove a bottleneck on a taxiway that connects the terminals to the Guindy-end of the main runway will be completed. Planes will save around five minutes to 10minutes and the airport may be able to handle around 12 more planes an hour.
The straightened taxiway will be able to handle more wide-body planes and cargo aircraft without affecting other flights.

The taxiway that runs in front of the cargo terminal (see illustration) has a bend from where it runs closer to the runway. This bend slows down planes taxiing to reach the end of the runway for take off. Also, the bottleneck forces widebody planes such as B777 and B747-800 cargo flight to move out of the taxiway and travel till the last stretch of the runway. This slows down takeoff and landing of other planes.

The work will be completed by December and the straightened taxiway will be commissioned by next March.

“After the work is complete, DGCA will conduct an inspection. After safety clearance, it will be commissioned,” airport director S Sreekumar said.

“The taxiway will help the airport to handle more wide-body planes, including the ones used by airlines on international routes and also cargo flights. Only 10% of the total traffic comprises such big planes. But they slow down traffic at night as they take around three minutes to four minutes to taxi on the runway,” he said.
13/11/19 V Ayyappan/Times of India
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