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Mumbai Airport opens new and improved runway

 

The primary runway at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) has been reopened following extensive reconstruction over the last seven months.

The primary runway at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) has been reopened following extensive reconstruction over the last seven months.

 

 

As part of an overall master plan to make the airside infrastructure more efficient, the airport’s operator, Mumbai International Airport Private Limited (MIAL), has completed the upgrade and resurfacing of CSIA’s main runway.

 

The width of the runway has been increased from 45m to 60m and it now has a runway shoulder width of 7.5m on each side, making it capable of handling operations by Code F aircraft such as the Airbus A380.

 

In addition the runway has been given new touchdown zone lights, taxiway centre line lights, and RET identification lights.

 

Meanwhile, the runway’s centre line has been straightened and additional stop bars and guard lights have also been added as part of the works.

 

The western end of the runway has been elevated to avoid any water logging and a parallel taxiway has been built alongside it to reduce runway occupancy time.

 

GV Sanjay Reddy, managing director at MIAL, said: “In line with our vision to make CSIA a truly world-class airport, the completion of the reconstruction of Primary Runway is a significant milestone with reference to the upgrade of the airside infrastructure.”

 

Reconstruction on the runway started in November 2010 and since then has been closed to operations every weekday between 9am and 5pm. It has now been reopened for 24-hour operations.

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