Trivandrum International Airport to have a Parallel taxi track!

The parallel taxi track will be constructed meeting international standards by spending Rs 62 crore.

As part of upgrading the infrastructure at the Trivandrum International Airport, a parallel taxi track will be constructed soon. The project, envisaged a few years ago, has now been cleared of hurdles and the work has started.

The parallel taxi track will reduce the wait time and will enable airlines to operate their flights on time. It help the aircraft to go to bay through taxi track after landing and clear the runway for other planes to take off or land. At present, a landing aircraft have to travel all the way to the end of the runway, takes 180 degree turn and comes back covering almost 1,000 m to the apron.

A parallel taxi will also help airlines save time as the runway will be free sooner for take-off and landing.

During this time, Air Traffic Control will not allow other aircraft to take off or land. There should be a 7-minute or 20 km spacing between landings at present. The waiting time doubles if there is a second incoming aircraft. And congestion will increase during peak hours.  A parallel taxi track will help reduce this time to 2-3 minutes or 6 miles. A parallel taxi will also help airlines save time as the runway will be free sooner for take-off and landing.

Traffic at Trivandrum International Airport is growing at a healthy 10% growth mainly on international flights.

The parallel taxi track will be constructed meeting international standards by spending Rs 62 crore. The construction will be completed by the end of this year. Though the project was envisaged few years ago, the hurdles in land acquisition delayed the construction.

Trivandrum International Airport has a total of 120 movements, including 80 scheduled ones. Besides there are 200 overflying crafts. Statistics shows that traffic is growing at a healthy 10% growth mainly on international flights.

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