A three-pronged technology upgrade towards ushering in state-of-the-art Air Traffic Management (ATM) is under way at the Thiruvananthapuram international airport, Airport Director V.N. Chandran has said.

Speaking after unfurling the national flag at the Republic Day celebrations organised at the airport here on Saturday, Mr. Chandran said steps for the replacement of existing radar with a latest one, introduction of automation system in Air Traffic Management and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) as part of the state-of-the-art Air Traffic Management had commenced at the airport.

The endeavour

Pointing out that it was the endeavour of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to provide the best services to the travelling public through the premier airport of the State, Mr. Chandran said a new aerobridge, parallel taxiway and in-line baggage system had been sanctioned for the airport.

Aeropolis

The Airport Director said the ‘in-principle’ approval for a multi-modal hub and Thiruvananthapuram Aeropolis had indeed been visionary and epoch-making as it would make the airport only one of its kind where all five modes of transport – air, road, inland waterway, rail and sea – form a transport hub.

Inclusive concept

Aeropolis was a novel inclusive growth concept exclusive to the premier airport of the State which envisages economic interventions and creating a common platform for all aviation-related activities of the major industrial and information technology units situated in the vicinity of the airport, he said.

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