Coimbatore: As part of the modernisation of airports, Airports Authority of India (AAI) Chairman V.P. Agarwal on Thursday commissioned the parallel taxiway, three new aprons and three fire tenders, each costing Rs. 3.35 crore, at the Coimbatore Airport.
Mr. Agarwal said the terminal building was being expanded from the capacity to handle 300 passengers to 750 and soon the airport would be made international as sought by the State Government. The present capacity of 10,000-feet runway and terminal building would be adequate for demarcation with separate terminals for domestic and international operations. These facilities would become operational by June when the World Classical Tamil Conference would be held in Coimbatore. The parallel taxiway would help reduce the runway occupation time of aircraft. Aircraft on landing could take the parallel taxiway to reach the apron and similarly while taking off also so that runway is left for landing or take off of another aircraft. This would become handy for handling more aircraft during peak hours.
Similarly, the additional apron has made available three new parking bays taking the total number to eight from five in addition to an isolation bay for aircraft with security perception.
The three new Austria-made Rosenbauer fire tenders have 10,500-litre capacity and can release water up to 90 m.
Mr. Agarwal lauded the State Government for topping the States in the country in coming forward to support airport expansions.
He recalled the revival of Salem Airport and added that Thoothukudi modernisation was on the cards, while Tiruchirapalli has been completed and work was being expedited at Madurai airport.
Once the State Government made 590 acres under acquisition process available, AAI would commence the runway expansion to 12,000 ft and another terminal building shifting the entire set up to the other side with demarcations for domestic and international operations.
The work would take three years period, he said. Regional Executive Director of Southern Region of AAI, D. Devaraj, Executive Director (Eng) of AAI, G.K. Chaukiyal, General Manager (Eng), AAI-Southern Region, H.S. Suresh and Airport Director, M.R. Vasudeva took part.