Thursday, December 17, 2020

Rajkot Airport runway ready for bigger aircraft

Rajkot: Aircraft as big as Airbus A320 with seating capacity of 160-180 passengers will now be able to land safely at the Rajkot Airport with the extension of the existing runway by 100m from 1,742m to 1,842m.

Currently, Air India and SpiceJet are operating flights to Delhi and Mumbai from Rajkot with aircraft having passenger carrying capacity of maximum 120. With the extension of the runway, these operators will not only be able to use bigger aircrafts of size of Airbus A320, but will have more safety while landing and take-off.

The Airport Advisory Committee (AAC) for Rajkot was informed of this development during its meeting on Wednesday. The Rajkot Aiport officials further informed the AAC that they have approached several commercial flight operators to start more flights from Rajkot.

Talking to TOI, Rajkot Airport director Digant Borah said, “Increased runway length means more aircraft safety and higher movement of passengers. We have approached Indigo Airlines to start operation from Rajkot and we are in the process to request other operators to start the operation from Rajkot.”

Rajkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) has been demanding more air connectivity with other parts of the country to boost the business of Rajkot and Morbi.

V P Vaishnav, president of RCCI said, “A number of airlines did not operate from Rajkot because of lack of facilities and small runway length. Now, we too will pursue operators to start services in Rajkot with surety of enough passenger traffic.”

17/12/20 Times of India

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