Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Taxi track rejig to help Kolkata airport take extra flight load

Kolkata: The city airport is planning to commission a section of a taxi track (F) currently under construction to enable flights reach the end of the runway for takeoff run without impinging on flight operations. This will increase the capacity of the primary and secondary runways. A taxi track is a path used by planes to travel between the runway and the parking bay.

While the airport operator had intended to start operations on taxi track F after its completion, it now intends to commission a part that is ready instead of waiting for months for it to cross two hurdles: a bus stand on the edge of the airport wall and a fenced pathway leading to the mosque within the airport. While the bus terminal will have to be relocated, the fenced pathway to the mosque will be demolished and devotees will be taken across the taxi track by bus.

With taxi track F now connected to the northern end of the secondary runway, planes can enter the secondary runway and make the takeoff run directly without backtracking. Also, planes can move off taxiway A quickly, thereby increasing the operational time of the secondary runway.

“The secondary runway’s efficiency can increase to 20 per hour from 15-16 flights at present. This will reduce delays and disruptions,” an airline official said.

The capacity of the secondary runway will improve further when it has rapid exit taxiways or inclined exits to allow planes to move quickly off the runway after landing. At present, the exits are perpendicular to the runway, requiring planes to come to a halt before taking the sharp exit turns.

31/05/22 Subhro Niyogi & Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India

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