Bengaluru: Kempegowda International Airport gets parallel runways, first in south India | Bengaluru News – Times of India
The newly renovated runway will be categorised as CAT I.
BENGALURU: Kempegowda International Airport on Thursday created history when its northern runway re-opened for operations alongside its southern runway, making it the only airport in south India to have parallel operation runways.
The renovated runway has new lighting and two additional taxiways that can help reduction of taxiing time of the aircraft at the airport. Early Thursday, the DGCA gave the go-ahead for KIA to re-open the northern runway, making it the first airport in south to have parallel operation runways.
Jaipur flight first to land
Delhi has similar operational runways. The first landing on the newly renovated runway was an IndiGo flight from Jaipur to Bengaluru on Thursday and the first to take off was, again, an IndiGo flight that flew to Kolkata.
According to KIA sources, the northern runway (old one) went into maintenance in June 2020 during the Covid-19 crisis, while the southern (the second runway), opened on December 6, 2019, was operational mostly for domestic and a few international flights. Work on asphalting the surface for strengthening, installation of centreline and edge lights commenced during the period.
The newly renovated runway will be categorised as CAT I; the southern runway is CAT IIIB equipped that allows pilots to land aircraft at a visual range as low as 50 metres and take off at 125 metres which assists flight operations in winter and foggy conditions. CAT IIIB installation at the southern runway and subsequent operations from January 21, 2021 resulted in minimal winter delays this year. Apart from reducing taxiing time of aircraft to at least15 minutes, the parallel runways are likely to be used simultaneously for landings and takeoffs, sources added.