Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Chennai airport to soon get an exclusive facility to maintain, repair planes

Chennai: The Airports Authority of India has begun paperwork to build a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility near the second runway to encourage airlines to maintain their planes and turn Chennai airport into a hub.

The plan was suggested as part of the airport expansion project, which includes adding more facilities like the MRO, a fuel farm and more parking bays to equip the airport to handle passenger and aircraft traffic in the coming years as plans for a second airport are progressing slowly.

The MRO will be set up over 3,000sqm by the side of the secondary runway. The land has been ear-marked for the purpose near a set of parking bays and hangars. A tender has been floated to identify a contractor who will build and operate the facility for 30 years.

Firms interested in bidding will be visiting the airport in the coming weeks. The project is to be completed in a year.

Sources said the MRO’s hangar will come up in front of a set of remote parking bays where planes can be parked. An airline hangar is also nearby.

“The MRO will have qualified manpower, equipment and space to handle maintenance and overhaul of planes. An airport the size of Chennai’s needs an MRO. It will help airlines to maintain planes in Chennai instead of taking them abroad at huge cost,” a source said.

20/10/21 Times of India

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