Mangalore, Oct 6, 2014: Airports Authority of India (AAI) has proposed to suspend night flights at Mangalore International Airport for six months from November.
It is to carry out runway-end safety area works on one side of the new concrete runway and constructing additional taxiways which connect runways with the aircraft parking area.
Director of the airport J.T. Radhakrishna told The Hindu that the airport had written to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) seeking permission to close down aircraft operations from 11.30 p.m. to 7.30 a.m. from November 1. Its permission is awaited.
He said that now the runway-end safety area on one side of the runway (towards Bajpe) was not even. The DGCA had asked the AAI to make it flat to make an aircraft stand there itself in case of overshooting the runway. Runway-end safety area grounded the aircraft there, if it overshot the runway.
“The two-per cent slope will have to be made even, to zero per cent,” he said. Mr. Radhakrishna said that earthworks for constructing additional taxiways have begun. If the works were to be carried out in full swing, night flights would have to be closed down for six months as works would have to be carried out during night. Day work would hamper aircraft operations.
He said that as the winter schedule of airlines would be effective from October 27, airlines which run night operations have rescheduled them. In reality, suspending night operations would affect only flight operations to Dubai and Dammam by two airlines, Jet Airways and the Air India Express, as only they operated flights during that time.
The director said that now Jet Airways flight between Mangalore and Dubai arrived at 7.40 a.m. and left here at 11.05 p.m. It would reschedule its arrival time to 8 a.m. and departure time to 11.25 p.m. during winter.
Air India Express would reschedule its arrival time from Dammam from 3.20 a.m. now to 7.30 a.m.
Air India Express flight from Dubai arrived at 4.45 a.m. and left here at 8 p.m. now. During winter, it would arrive at 7.45 a.m. and leave at 11.15 p.m.