Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Reducing the ROT at Bengaluru airport

In an attempt to enhance the runway utilisation and capacity at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), the Airport Authority of India wants to reduce the Runway Occupancy Time (ROT).

ROT refers to the time the runway is occupied by an aircraft and in this regard, the Airport Authority of India has issued an Aeronautical Information Publication Supplement for runway capacity enhancement measures at KIA.

“Runway Occupancy Time (ROT) is one of the key determinants of the airport runway capacity and is especially critical for an airport like Kempegowda International Airport. Bengaluru which is experiencing a robust growth in air traffic in recent years. The objective of this AIP Supplement is to lay down procedures aimed at reducing the ROT and enhancing runway utilisation and capacity at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru,” states the Aeronautical Information Publication Supplement.

As per the Aeronautical Information Publication Supplement, the runway capacity enhancement measures at KIA would have to become effective from December 3 onwards.

The supplement has also laid down procedures stating that all aircraft shall make every effort to minimise the ROT and that no aircraft shall request for any direct routing. It also added that direct routing shall be issued by controller only for the purpose of conflict resolution.

Further, the departure procedure states that taxiing aircraft should maintain a speed of not less than 15 knots on the straight portion of taxiways and between 8-12 knots during turning manoeuvres during fair weather conditions.

27/10/20 Hemanth CS/Bangalore Mirror

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