Tuesday, September 29, 2020

AAI invests Rs 50cr on Jalgaon airport

Nashik: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has invested over Rs 50 crore in a phased manner to create aviation infrastructure in Jalgaon, which has the second biggest airport in North Maharashtra after Nashik airport.

Currently, commercial flights operated by Trujet are being run from the airport. While the Jalgaon-Ahmedabad-Jalgaon flight operates thrice a week, the flight from Jalgaon to Mumbai operates once a week. A private airline is planning to connect Jalgaon with Pune and Indore. MPs Unmesh Patil and Raksha Khadse are working overtime to improve the air connectivity of Jalgaon.

“After the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) gave its approval for night landing of aircraft, the instruments for facilitating the same have been put in place at the airport. The airport has also established a new equipment that will provide navigation information to pilots not only while landing and taking off but also while flying over Jalgaon,” said officials.

The AAI has also provided Jalgaon airport with state-of-the-art crash fire-fighting equipment imported from Austria and two new baggage X-Ray scanning machines.

“On the instructions of the AAI, the authorities have constructed a 40m-long bridge over a river outside the airport premises to facilitate movement of vehicles during an emergency. The bridge has been linked to a 1000m kutcha road leading to the airport,” said AAI sources.

29/09/20 Ranjan Dasgupta/Times of India

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