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STATE NEW AIRPORT PLAN TO LEAVE GADHI RIVER ALONE

airport-2Even as the Central government takes a call on the Navi Mumbai airport, aviation experts called on the airport authorities to develop an “interim solution” to take care of immediate concerns of the aviation industry. Aviation experts say that the current airport is choked and there are several problems as far as operating flights on a daily basis are concerned. Last week, the Civil Aviation Ministry said the Mumbai airport will have 490 domestic slots in the winter schedule – 12 less than the last year’s approved winter slots – as the main runway is going to be closed from November 1 to May 31, between 9 am to 5 pm. During this time, only the secondary runway would be available. As the second airport would come up only by 2017-18, Mumbai will have to find alternative solutions in the interim as the financial losses of denying the airport an expansion would be enormous. Experts day that the airport authorities should actively explore feasibility of building a parallel runway within the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) limits for the next eight years. Another interim option to increase capacity at airport is to use modern technology so that the airport could handle a greater number of movements.

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