• Thanjavur could soon be on the air map

    Thanjavur airport could soon be on the air map under the Regional Air Connectivity Scheme which the Government unveiled on Friday.

    RN Choubey, Secretary, Civil Aviation, said Thanjavur airport is part of the eligible list of airports which will be covered under the RCS scheme.

    “I had a discussion with the Chief of Air Staff on certain matters, including Thanjavur where we needed certain land to be exchanged. There is considerable cooperation and support which is forthcoming from the IAF for making commercial flying possible from Thanjavur. I expect that to happen along with certain unused airports in Tamil Nadu,” Choubey said.

    Chennai airport

    On the issue of glass falling from the ceiling at Chennai airport, Choubey said a study through IIT Chennai had confirmed that the glass panes which are falling, as a percentage of total glass that has been used, were not beyond what is the global average. “It is just that the number of glass panes which have been used is more. Even then we are taking all precautions,” the Secretary said.

    Study commissioned

    Meanwhile, the Government has also commissioned an internationally well-known agency, NATS of UK, to look at two aspects — designing of the air space bubble over Chennai and Delhi and ways to improve air navigational services which will be on par with the best in the world at these two airports as they have air space management issues. “They have assured to give us the report in 3-4 months’ time. Based on NATs’ report we will also be able to create more slots at Mumbai airport,” Choubey said. Phillip Lindsay Authentic Jersey

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