'NITB to be operational by July 25'

M R Vasudeva takes charge as Mangalore Airport Director

'NITB to be operational by July 25'

 Vasudeva had served as the Mangalore Airport Director for 7 years between April 10, 2002 and March 23, 2009, before he was transferred to Coimbatore as the Airport Director.

Speaking to media persons soon after taking charge from Peter Abraham in the Aiport, he said he will soon convene a meeting of all airlines representatives, regulating agencies like customs and other persons concerned, to discuss problems, if any, before moving to the NITB.

To a query on the approach road to the NITB, he said that the Airport has already written to the authorities concerned and it would not hamper the operations. To another query on the non-availability of NOC for the NITB from the Fire Department, he said steps have already been taken to rectify the suggestions given by the Fire Department and the NITB will soon get the same. “All problems will be resolved before moving to the NITB,” he asserted.

Flying club in M’lore

Stating that the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has plans to start flying club in the old airport (existing) premises, Vasudeva said the AAI has many plans that includes utilisation of the same for cargo services.

Runway expansion
The process of extending the new runway by 1,000 feet will commence soon, but the existing runway is very safe for the aircraft arriving at Mangalore airport which include Boing 737-800, Airbus 320 and Airbus 321, he reiterated. “The expansion of runway will help land bigger aircraft like Airbus 300 and Airbus 310,” he said.

Rise in passengers

Interestingly, the number of passengers have been on the rise when compared to last year, thus proving that the aircrash had little impact on the flight passengers. “Its a false allegation that there is a decline in number of air passengers after the aircrash,” he said and gave figures.

“As many as 63,660 passengers travelled through Mangalore airport in June 2010 against 56,863 passengers who travelled in June 2009.” The number of passengers travelled this year is much more than last year in spite of the fact that several aircraft did not land in Mangalore or were diverted to Calicut, Bangalore or Mumbai due to bad weather in the month of June. Apart from an average of over 10,000 aircraft movements per year, more than 30,000 aircraft per annum fly over Mangalore to various destinations following which Mangalore airport is also the Area Control Centre for Radar Services, Vasudeva informed.

Meanwhile, Peter Abraham, who took charge as the Mangalore Airport Director on December 29, 2009, went on long leave soon after he handed over the charge to M R Vasudeva on Wednesday. He too continues to be the Airport Director, but Vasudeva will head the operations.

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