• Airports body clears parallel taxiway second phase at Mangaluru airport

    Airports Authority of India (AAI) has approved the construction of the second phase of the part-parallel taxiway at Mangaluru International Airport. The AAI has placed the work order, amounting to ?98 crore, to PBI Construction Company.

    JT Radhakrishna, Airport Director, Mangaluru International Airport, said that the works on the second phase of the parallel taxiway are likely to be completed in 30 months.

    The first phase of 1,200-metre stretch of the taxiway has already been completed. On starting operation on that taxiway, he said they are waiting for the clearance from DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) for this. In the second phase, the taxiway will be extended by another 1,200 metres.

    He said that the additional taxiway helps in the long run when the number of flights increases in the airport. It is very important for the movement of flights on the ground, he said.

    Taxiway is the stretch or the track that connects the runway with the apron (parking lot for aircraft) in the terminal building. With the construction of the parallel taxiway, aircraft could move from the parking stand, wait in the additional taxiway and enter the runway for take-off immediately after the plane that has landed exits the runway. Andrej Sekera Jersey

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