Sunday, July 26, 2020

Expansion of Thoothukudi airport runway begins

Tirunelveli: The Thoothukudi airport is all set for runway widening and extension to handle wide-bodied aircraft.
‘Bhoomi puja’ for widening the runway with Blast pad, RESA (runway end safety area), Taxiway, Apron, GSE area, Isolation bay and miscellaneous works was performed on Saturday and N. Subramanian, Airport Director, was present.
The ritual marked the commencement of excavation for widening of existing runway from 30 meter to 45 meter by constructing 7.50 m wide pavement on either side of runway edge to handle Code-4C type aircraft like Airbus 321 carrying 220 passengers with the wingspan of 34 meter and length of 45 meter. Presently, the fifth busiest airport of Tamil Nadu, it handles only ATR 72, Q 400 and Dornier AN32 type of aircraft.
For expansion of the runway, 600.97 acres of land, free from encumbrance, was acquired by the State government and handed over to the Airports Authority of India on December 31, 2018. The expansion work for ₹96.77 crore was awarded to a Mumbai-based company on August 22, 2019.
25/07/20 P Sudhakar/The Hindu

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