Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Airlines forced to operate on load penalty at Doon airport as AAI awaits land transfer for runway extension

Dehradun: The aviation companies continue to operate at Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport with a load penalty as the state government is yet to transfer the proposed 243 acre land to the Airport Authority of India (AAI) for extension of runway.

The current length of runway at Jolly Grant Airport is 2,140 metres and it is proposed to be expanded to 2,765 meters with the construction of an additional 625 metres stretch for the runway.

Due to the short runway, airlines are currently operating the flights on load penalty, which means they run at least 10-15% less than their full capacity of passengers, fuel, and cargo.

DK Gautam, director of Jolly Grant Airport, said, “The airlines continue to operate with flight load penalty from Dehradun airport. There is a proposal to extend the runway. The proposal of 243 acre of land has already been taken up by the state cabinet and we are expected to get the land by next year.”

The official further said that the current runway at Jolly Grant Airport can be extended by not more than 625 metres due to geographical restrictions, adding, “There is Song river on one side towards Rishikesh and Dehradun-Haridwar national highway on the other end, making it difficult to expand the highway beyond 625 metres.”

29/09/20 Gaurav Talwar/Times of India

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