Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) will begin a major runway upgrade next week at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in India, in a bid to prevent future runway accidents.
During the eight-month upgrade, beginning 1 November, CSIA’s main runway will be shut for operations between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Saturday.
The secondary runway will be equipped with the instrument landing system (ILS) that will guide approaching aircraft using a combination of radio signals and high-intensity lights.
The primary runway will be expanded from 45m to 60m and will receive a thick layer of tar to smoothen the crumbling surface to handle jumbo planes such as the Airbus 380.
MIAL will also upgrade the runway lights and the airfield ground lights, according to hindustantimes.com.
The airport operator is upgrading the runways following an accident in June in which a Blue Dart cargo flight broke 20 lights on both sides of CSIA’s main runway during take-off, partly due to the absence of centreline lights.