Friday, July 15, 2022

Patna: AAI initiates bidding process for parallel taxi track, isolation bay

Patna: After the state government has transferred around 26 acre of land for the redevelopment of the city airport, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has initiated the bidding process to choose the agency for the construction of parallel taxi track (PTT), isolation bay and other facilities at the Jayprakash Narayan International Airport.The proposed facilities will improve the runway capacity, decrease flight delays and help to tackle the emergency scare.

Besides, the re-carpeting of runway, development of taxiway, shoulder and apron along with the construction of PTT and allied works like construction of boundary wall and security watch tower. If everything goes well, all the work will begin simultaneously by October this year and is likely to be completed by 2023.

As per the detailed project report, a 1,730-metre-long PTT will come up towards the boundary wall of BIT-Patna. It will increase the runway’s flight handling capacity as the airlines will quickly take the aircraft to bay through PTT after landing and clear the runway for other planes to take off or land. Presently, the pilots have to run the aircraft all the way to the end of the runway and take 180-degree-turn to come back to the apron.

According to the airport officials, the PTT will enable airlines to operate their flights on time, thereby reducing the wait for passengers to reach their destinations. The facility will increase the runway capacity to almost three times more than the existing capacity. At present, the Patna airport handles 10 flights per hour including five each of arrival and departure. It will be developed by utilising the fund to the tune of Rs 42 crore.

15/07/22 Faryal Rumi/Times of India

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