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New line maintenance building at Chennai airport ready

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Utility: A view of the new ‘Line Maintenance Building.’
Utility: A view of the new ‘Line Maintenance Building.’

P. Oppili

CHENNAI: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has constructed a new building for keeping tools and spares and it provides office space for maintenance engineers of airlines.

The building measures nearly 1,750 square metres each on the ground and first floors. Nine airlines and the Air Worthiness wing of the Director-General of Civil Aviation have been provided space in the new building.

Talking about the new facility, an AAI officer said that at present the airlines kept their tools and spare parts in portable cabins, and offices of some of maintenance engineers were located near the old airport. Each time an aircraft landed, the engineers had to carry out certain mandatory checks.

The airlines found it difficult to bring the tools, spares and the engineers to the place where the aircraft was parked. With the construction of a new building, the airlines could easily bring their tools, spares and the engineers quickly to the aircraft, the AAI official said.

The new building had come up at a cost of about Rs. 10 crore near the Air India Ground Support Division’s office on the southern end of the airport. Another AAI officer said that a portion of the compound wall on the southern side near the Line Maintenance Building would be opened up and the airlines could easily transport their men and material to the operational area.

Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Lufthansa, Saudi Arabian and Sri Lankan in the international sector and Jet Airways, Kingfisher, SpiceJet and Star Aviation in the domestic sector had taken up space in the new building, said the AAI official.

The work of constructing the new building started in February last year and it was completed in about 12 months. Shortly, the airlines were expected to set up their offices, the official added.

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