India’s AAI to upgrade runways at seven airports

28 September 2020 (Last Updated September 28th, 2020 10:43)

The Airports Authority of India (AAI), which maintains the country's civil aviation infrastructure, has announced plans to upgrade runways at seven airports.

India’s AAI to upgrade runways at seven airports
The runway upgrades at seven airports are expected to be completed by March 2022. Credit: Thomas Ehrhardt from Pixabay.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI), which maintains the country’s civil aviation infrastructure, has announced plans to upgrade runways at seven airports.

The seven airports are Jammu, Kolhapur, Jabalpur, Barapani, Kadapa, Tirupati and Tuticorin, PTI reported.

According to AAI officials, the runway at Jammu Airport will be extended from 2,042m to 2,438m. The project is expected to be completed next March.

The work at Kolhapur Airport will increase the length of the runway to 2,300m. The project has already begun and is set to be completed by December.

Projects at Jabalpur Airport and Tuticorin Airport are expected to be completed by December 2021 and March 2022 respectively.

At Barapani Airport and Kadapa Airport, the runways will be extended and strengthened, the officials told the news agency. These works will be completed by December 2020 and March 2021 respectively.

The runway at Tirupati Airport will be extended to 3,810m from the existing length of 2,286m by December next year.

With the increase in demand, these projects are expected to enable bigger aircraft to land and take off from these airports.

In another development, India’s Bangalore International Airport (BIAL), the operator of Kempegowda International Airport, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Virgin Hyperloop.

The MoU will enable Virgin Hyperloop to conduct a feasibility study for viable hyperloop corridors from Bangalore Airport.

The study will be completed in two six-month-long phases.