Sunday, November 22, 2020

New aprons being built at Coimbatore airport

Coimbatore: The Airport Authority of India (AAI) is speeding up construction of seven new aprons at the Coimbatore International Airport to attract airlines to operate more base flights from the city.

The new aprons (aircraft parking area) under construction are in addition to the nine existing ones at the airport.

Airport Director R. Mahalingam said that the works of the new aprons are expected to be completed before March.

“Of the seven new aprons, five are designed to accommodate narrow-body aircraft like the A320. The two other are made for ATR flights. The works were expected to get over in December which got delayed due to the COVID-19 situation,” he said.

The existing nine aprons can accommodate narrow-body aircraft. For the new aprons, AAI converted some of the existing unused lands at the airport which are away from the terminal building.

“We expect that the COVID-19 situation will ease by March and the aviation sector will function normally as before. Availability of more aprons will be an advantage for the airport when an airline plans to operate new base flight,” said Mr. Mahalingam.

21/11/20 Wilson Thomas/The Hindu

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