Saturday, May 01, 2021

Runway resurfacing work concludes

Ahmedabad: The runway resurfacing work at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport concluded at 5pm on Friday. The work took 11 days, from April 20-30, and will enhance safety at the airport. During this period, flight movements were suspended from 11am to 5pm every day, except for on April 24.

Sources said the maintenance work concluded successfully and flight movement will be restored to normal from Saturday onwards. “Around eight flights were cancelled while the remaining were rescheduled to either before 11am or after 5pm. Due to the current surge in Covid-19 infections, passenger movement has significantly reduced at the city airport,” a source said.

Airlines are expected to independently decide on restoring flights which were temporarily cancelled. Footfalls at the city airport have dropped, like due to the steep surge in Covid19 cases.

As part of the runway resurfacing work, the touchdown area was repaired. “This is the area where there is the highest friction when an aircraft lands. The repairs will ensure smoother operations of aircraft and better safety,” the source said.

The resurfacing of the runway was undertaken and some repairs were carried out along the taxiway as well. The repairs will facilitate safer take-offs, landings and movement of aircraft especially as the monsoon approaches.

01/05/21 Times of India

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