Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Kolkata airport runway clears safety checks; authorities await state govt’s green signal on runway expansion

Kolkata: The runways at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) airport in Kolkata have passed all safety checks that were recently conducted by a committee which included airport officials and commercial airline pilots. The airport authorities are waiting for state government’s nod for expansion of the secondary runway.

The Kolkata airport authorities held a runway safety meeting last Friday after six months.

“We conducted a meeting on Friday. Runway safety meetings are held fortnightly but due to the Covid situation, it got delayed. The last meeting took place in February but our expert teams do regular monitoring of runways in the airport” said the airport director Mr Kaushik Bhattacharya.
Commenting on the observations made and discussed in the meeting, the director confirmed that all aspects of runway safety were considered during the checks.

Both the primary and secondary runways were carefully examined for any safety lapses.

It may be noted that the Kolkata airport has two parallel runways with the primary and longer one- 01R/19L measuring 11,900 ft and secondary runway , 01L/19R measuring 9240 feet.

This was also the first runway safety meeting conducted after Cyclone Amphan during which the airport premises and its runway went underwater due to the torrential rainfall but water was efficiently drained out to resume flight operations.

The crash at the Kozhikode airport recently had brought to attention and highlighted on the importance of runway safety which can be jeopardised with cracks or rubber deposits leading an aircraft to skid off the runway.

Mr Bhattacharya explained, “To ensure that there are no safety lapses, the runway safety team comprises airline pilots during the inspection. Pilots from airlines Air India, Indigo and Air Asia were present in the expert team which also went on an inspection walk on the main runway.”
08/09/20 Soumyadip Mullick/Statesman
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