An airport is a place and an installation for the takeoff and landing of an airplane. Typically, airports have paved runways, and terminals for passengers and cargo, though that’s not always the norm. Here are 8 unbelievable things about airport construction (India).
Facts About Airport Construction in India
- India’ 100’th airport is the Pakyong Airport which is located in Sikkim. Incidentally, it is Sikkim’s first airport. It is spread across 201 acres and is the first greenfield airstrip in Northeast India. Airport construction companies in India constructed the airstrip from undeveloped fields. It took 9 years for airport construction requirements to finish the project.
- The Pakyong airport is built on a hilltop, with the entire infrastructure costing 600 crore rupees. The airport also implements soil reinforcement and slope stabilization techniques. Being a greenfield airport, the infrastructure was constructed on unused lands, with no need of demolishing an existing structure.
- The Pakyong airport terminal is built to currently accommodate around 100 travelers. The airport will at present allow only domestic flights. International operations are slated to begin later.
- The New Bengaluru International airport, which took over the old HAL Bangalore International Airport, began its operation in 2008. The passenger terminal consists of a single, four-level building, and the whole airfield is spread over 4000 acres of land. The whopping $75m contract included the following by airport construction companies in India:
- Supply, engineering and installation of airfield lighting
- IT and communication systems
- baggage handling system
- power supply
- Building services automation system.
- The Bengaluru airport currently has one runway which is functional. It can put up all types of aircraft for national and international traffic.
- Bangalore International Airport is the first of its kind to operate under an open-access model. This means every qualified fuel supplier can use the facility in lieu of a fixed fee and airlines get the best fuel prices available.
- Sikkim airport is not the only green airport. The Navi Mumbai Airport is also tagged as a greenfield airport and is being constructed on a staggering 1160 hectares of land situated across the Mumbai harbor. This is a strategic move to serve big businesses looking to start or expand. The airfield will have two parallel runways. The Navi Mumbai Airport is being built to handle nearly 80 flights an hour and is expected to reduce the load on Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, which currently handles more than 900 flights per day. It is expected to handle 10 million travelers by the end of 2019.
- The single runway on Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai is the busiest structure of its kind in the world.
The vast majority of airports throughout the world are still relatively simple structures, with only a handful of airports being state-of-the art, having every kind of facility imaginable. Even now, many airfields have unpaved runways or at the very best, have lightly paved runways with single terminal and small buildings, a basic control tower, and simple landing aids. It is to be noted that such facilities can accommodate only light traffic, light aircrafts, and a small number of passengers or cargo. On the other hand, heavy air traffic is handled by sophisticated airport facilities and technologies, and they are vast built to accommodate the needs of passengers, crew and cargo, and the great range of planes that has evolved in the 21st century to support the needs of general aviation.
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