Friday, May 28, 2021

Six new parking bays at Visakhapatnam airport

Visakhapatnam: Six new parking bays and a taxi track will soon be ready for operation at Visakhapatnam International Airport, paving the way for movement of more flights.

The airport has overcome procedural delays and is ready for airspace management. Once these facilities are operational, movement of flights will cross 100 from the existing 76 on most days. At present, movement of flights has come down to 14 in view of the Covid-19 situation.

The airport has got all clearances including security, safety and naval clearances and international publication of the new facilities, giving ample space to enhance flight movements through new slots.

“Airportside infrastructure is ready, terminal building expansion would be completed in a month and cityside infrastructure, that is, car parking area has veen extended to accommodate passengers of new flights. We have got all clearances. We have to fix the date for operations,” airport director Raj Kishore told TOI.

Operational planning and coordination with Navy and Airport Authority of India (AAI), besides a joint meeting and trials, are required for commencement. The new parking bays and taxi track have been pending since 2016. Construction has been completed at an an estimated cost of Rs 30 crore.

So far, Vizag airport has been disadvantaged by its lack of slots for new flight movements. The airport has Narava hill to one side that restricts landings and take off. “If we have arrival on one side and departure on the other, we can save time. But it is not possible here. Runway occupancy time is high due to one-side operation,” the airport director said.

28/05/21 Siva G/Times of India

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