Thursday, July 14, 2022

Straightened taxiway will help flights save runway time

Chennai: Flights will no longer need to taxi for 10 to 15 minutes to reach the Guindy-end of the main runway for take-off as the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is commissioning a straightened taxiway at Chennai airport on Thursday.

The taxiway, which runs parallel to the main runway linking the terminals to the Guindy-end of the runway, had a bend near the cargo terminal from where it used to run too close to the runway, leading to a bottleneck that increased the taxiing time of flights.

The straightened taxiway will reduce the time taken for taxiing and help airlines save time and fuel. This apart, the airport will be able to handle more flights during peak hours.

A senior official of AAI said, "There is no need to hold planes on the taxiway, which is used by 90% of domestic, international and cargo flights. The peak hour aircraft handling capacity will increase from 36 flights per hour to 45-50 flights per hour. The two rapid exit taxiways to be completed soon will also help the airport increase its handling capacity."

Planes will also be able to taxi along the last stretch of the taxiway where it connects to the end of the runway without affecting landings and take-offs. This was not possible earlier because this part of the taxiway was too close to the runway only 123m from the centre of the runway instead of the stipulated 172.5m.

14/07/22 Times of India

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