18 September 2019
Bhubaneswar: Runway re-carpeting at airports is done once every 10 years, depending on the use of the runway. The flight operations at Bhubaneswar airport has increased substantially over the past five years. Airport Director Suresh Chandra Hota said that the technical experts were conducting an assessment of the runway during the last two years. "We have come to the conclusion that the time is ripe to re-carpet the runway soon. The last time this was done in 2007 at Bhubaneswar airport."
Hota informed that it has been 12 years since re-carpeting was done last at the Biju Patnaik International Airport. Due to this, the BPIA authorities have sent a detailed proposal to the Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA) for re-carpeting of the runway. While the DGCA consent is pending, once it is received, the re-carpeting work will start at BPIA from November 1, said Hota.
"We are planning for runway re-carpeting with effect from 1st November to 31st March, 2020 from 10 pm to 5.30 am. We have requested Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for permission. Once we get the approval, the work will start." The airlines have been intimated about the re-carpeting of the runway by Airport Authority of India (AAI), said Hota.
He further said that flight operation during daytime at the airport will be suspended from 1st April to 30th June 2020 from 10.30 am to 6 pm. The Biju Patnaik International Airport will remain partially shut for eight months for this purpose and flight services are likely to be rescheduled.
The runway re-carpeting will require eight months for completion because the work cannot be done continuously. This is a long process as the airport is a functional and busy one, and it cannot be shut completely. "During the first phase recarpeting will be done during the night. And in the final phase, work will be carried out during the daytime. More than Rs 28 crore will be spent for the entire recarpeting work," Hota said.