” The runway will remain shut from 9 am to 5 pm daily to carry out the work. This time is chosen as these are the non- peak hours,” SPOKESPERSON, MUMBAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT LIMITED ( MIAL)
STAFF REPORTER Mumbai
main runway on the City airport is being closed for eight hours everyday from Friday and will be closed till May 20 for construction of rapid exit taxiway.
However the airport authorities have maintained that the closure will not affect the services.
” The runway will be shut from 9 am to 5 pm daily to carry out the work. This time is chosen as these are the non- peak hours,” said spokesperson, Mumbai International Airport Limited ( MIAL).
Airport is mainly used in the early morning hours and evening hours as frequent fliers travel at this time. Construction of rapid exit taxiway is expected to enhance the running efficiency of the runway. Rapid exit taxiway allows the aircraft to vacate the runway quicker, permitting another to land or depart in a shorter space of time.
The airport authorities claim that the closure would not affect the routine flight services, as there is a secondary runway with rapid exit taxiway. ” We recently opened a secondary runway with a rapid exit taxiway, which will be functional leaving the services unaffected,” added spokesperson.
The runway would be partially closed for a period of four months. ” Instead of taking full length round, rapid exit taxiway will enable quick exits adding to the efficiency of the runway,” said spokesperson.