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Night landing facility at Tuticorin airport soon

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DISCUSSING PLANS: Airport Manager Glen Dickson (right) at a meeting in Tuticorin. Photo: N. Rajesh
DISCUSSING PLANS: Airport Manager Glen Dickson (right) at a meeting in Tuticorin. Photo: N. Rajesh

Staff Reporter

Tuticorin: Glen Dickson, airport-in-charge here, has said that plans were afoot to introduce night landing facilities here as part of augmenting the operational infrastructure and sustaining the commercial viability of the Tuticorin airport.

New gadgets

Interacting with industrialists at a programme organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry here on Tuesday, Mr. Dickson said that gadgets such as Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) and runway lighting would be established shortly to help aircraft land safely during nights.

Runway extension

"We have plans to expand the runway from the present 1,350 metres to 1,800 metres once the required land is acquired. This would facilitate landing of bigger aircraft," he said.

At present, smaller aircraft such as ATR-72 were operating from the airport.

Industrialists from different sectors participated in the interaction.

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