Vasco: The newly-constructed parallel taxi track (PTT) located at the north of existing runway at Dabolim international airport and built by Airports Authority of India (AAI) was thrown open for trial run on Friday.
The ceremony was graced by board member (HR), AAI and former airport director (Goa) Anuj Aggarwal, flag officer commanding Goa naval area (FOGA) Rear Admiral Philipose George Pynumootil, airport director Gagan Malik, commanding officer INS Hansa Hemant Padbidri and other officials of the Navy.
The total cost of the 3-kilometre in length project is Rs 180 crore. The parallel taxi track (PTT) will help reduce the occupancy time of the runway. It will also facilitate aircrafts to independently line up for departure or expeditiously leave the runway after landing, thereby significantly reducing arrival and departure time at the airport especially during peak traffic hours. Besides the PTT, a new state-of-the-art navigational equipment- the instrument landing system, to enhance the multi-directional all-weather landing capacity of the runway, has also been installed.
Speaking to media, Rear Admiral Pynumootil has said that “the PTT is a modern facility and will ensure that, soon after landing of the aircraft, it can clear off the main runway with occupancy time reducing to a large extent.”
He stated that the parallel track will also save 6 minutes of the aircrafts when they go for departure and also while entering the runway. “We can now line up three aircrafts at the take off and in quick succession launch the aircrafts. We were able to handle only 15 aircrafts in an hour before the commissioning of PTT. We have now raised it to 17 aircrafts,” said Pynumootil.
When asked about the status of the runway repair, Rear Admiral said that “we have worked out the modalities for the runway repair which is being carried out on Saturdays between 7.30 am to 11.30 am. We have proactively worked out schedules with the tour operators and AAI.”
Airport director Malik said that “With the PTT, the operational capability of the Navy will increase. PTT can also serve as an alternative runway if anything goes wrong on the main runway.” He said that the PTT is also capable of handling wide-body 747 E series aircrafts.