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Mangaluru: Non-extension of airport runway to hinder growth of region


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Jan 3: It is a known fact that airports across the world want to have sufficiently long runways to enable even big aircrafts to safely land there. Likewise, there was proposal to extend the runway of the local airport from the current 8,038 ft to 10,000 ft to help even big-bodied airplanes to touch down here. It was earlier said that land acquisition process, which was to be undertaken by state government, was pending.

In a shocking revelation, it has now become public that instead of extending the runway, the runway here is being cut down to 7,644 sqft from the current 8,038 ft. This is being done to provide for Runway End Safety Area (RESA). It is said that disinterestedness shown by higher officials at the airport their inability to rightfully assert the need to extend the runway of the airport to stay in competition with airports of the neighbouring state, has given rise to the current situation.

It is learnt that Directorate General of Civil Aviation has issued instruction to the airport here to cut down the 2,450 metre runway to 2,330 metres (7,644 ft). In the remaining 120 metres, RESA, which has already been demarcated, will be created. RESA is safety area at the end of the runway to stop damage to aircraft in case of undershoot, overshoot, or excursion. This area is filled with sand so that the aircrafts safely come to a stop if they go out of the runway by chance.

On the other hand, there is information that Kannur international airport in neighbouring Kerala is being prepared for inaugural shortly with 10,000 ft runway. Once this airport is ready for big aircrafts, it may attract more international flights and passengers from Kasargod area might prefer that airport to the airport here, it is feared.

Therefore, the officials here were expected to convince DGCA about the need to extend the runway here to compete with others rather cutting down on it. M R Vasudeva, who served as airport director here for long in the past, believes that this will be a disadvantage for the airport here. He feels that lack of will power on the part of officials and people's representatives from here has given rise to a situation in which there is apprehension about this airport losing its importance.

He points out that instead of cutting down the runway, the airport area could have been extended by 60 metres by filling mud in the area already available around the airport and RESA could have been created there by shifting the localizer currently standing there without compromising on safety aspects. He also points out that the taxiway being built at a cost of crores of rupees will lose its relevance if the runway gets pruned and the number of aircrafts being operated from here comes down.

Director of the airport, V V Rao, said that RESA is being created as safety measure in tune with DGCA rules. He says that safety aspect is of more importance than extension of runway and the state government was also convinced of the need to create this area.

In short, the failure to extend the airport runway will hinder the growth of economy of the region.ย 


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  • Beowulf, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 6 2018

    Mangalore airport is a safety hazard. If we vote corrupt people into the office this is the result.

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    The tiny state of Kerala is ready to offer its fourth International standard airport. If that comes to operational, the passengers from the northern Kerala who are forced to take Mangalore no longer opt due to harassment they have faced.
    I have travel across the globe but it is first Airport in the world were homebound passenger was pat checked by "friendly" customs. In my best experience this the only unique airport where custom officer saying 'custom duty' for used clothes.
    In comparison Karnataka has only two International standard Airport which is not upto the standard comparing to the fee and taxes charged from the passengers.
    In one of the country's worst aviation disaster, an Air India Express flight from Dubai to Mangalore crashed while landing at the Mangalore airport at 6:05 am on Saturday. A Boeing 737-800, the aircraft, with 166 people on board, overshot the runway and crashed into the valley is still fresh in memories.
    The dead souls are still yet reach peace nor their dear ones got any compensation as per International Civil Aviation Organisation rules.
    This airport should be given to defence and new airport should be planned considering potential of North Canara, Udupi, Mangalore, Hubli and Goa passengers as center.
    How long India will take to learn from the disasters?
    Jai Hind

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  • Nikl, Malpe

    Sun, Jan 14 2018

    I totally agree with you. We should be like the Keralites in taken initiatives to develop our state airports to World Class. With maximum revenues from Gulf Nri's coastal belt of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Districts and other areas must pool in to improvise the Infrastructure of these airports. Politicians cannot do anything but eat tax payers incomes. Think about it. Don't vote unnecessary without thinking. As One state, many worlds.

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Kerala lobby may have been already planted in the Mangalore airport in decision making level. We have to learn from ex-minister of state Mr. E. Ahmed, who diverted the Bangalore-Mangalore train to Kannur within 6 months of commissioning of the new broad gauge line. All our MPs, MLAs was sleeping. Now also they are sleeping.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Many Countries have built their Airports in the Sea ...

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  • OSWALD VAZ, BAHRAIN/ THOTTAM

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Take off there is no problem with shorter run way. Whereas for landing they have to reduce the speed considerably. There are many Airports in the world where big planes are Landing in smaller Airports like M'lore. Since it is Table Top Airport that is the advantage for small Airports.

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  • Rao, Udupi

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Bajpe airport is table top, not at all safe to extend. It is more appropriate to look for another place in our twin district for a new airport.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Expansion is not impossible...
    But building a new airport is a good idea too...

    The existing airport land can be disposed to real estate and can earn billions of rupees...

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    looks like siddu is not interested in mangalore.

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  • Anilkumar, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    No use extending runway if the customs fellows keep troubling passengers for wearing simple gold ornaments. First regulate these customs people and then think of runway expansion. Otherwise, the passengers from neighboring places will still prefer to land further away from Mangalore.

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  • Lenson, Udupi/Africa

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Still, from that last incident killed 160+ people, I fear whenever the landing happens the flight can stop within the runway boundary !!!

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  • Amith, USA

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    No problem!!!! Instead of wide bodied 747's Mangaloreans can operate Dakota planes, that can be landed compartably 100 meter runway or second option is Bullock cart!!!! People like present MP, not interested in airplanes only in COWs. If there are lots of Cows, then naturally cows will give birth to lots of male calf's, that can be used for Bullock cart!!!! No runway needed at all only a Cow shed!!!!!

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Airports come under the purview of DGCA (Central Government) and if our past MP Mr. U. Srinivas Mallya could build Bajpe Airport in the 1950's then why not the present-day MP?

    He is busy with cow jihad and love jihad trash while his performance and delivery are zero.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    First of all ask your nidde government to acquire land. Then you can see the solution...
    After seeing satellite imagery from google earth I concluded that, expansion can be done in the following way...
    There is much unused land on the old run-way side. Old run way anyway no use ?
    Suppose you break 50% of the old run way and move that land to the end of the new runway... Job done!

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Your idea of breaking runway and moving it is preposterous. This is what happens when you get trained in Sanghi school of absurdity.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    If the same solution comes from consultant graduated from Cambridge University then you will pay $1 million consulting fees ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Due to reduction of runway length by 120 m, cargo carrying capacity of all the aircrafts โœˆ๏ธ in Bajpe airport has been reduced.

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  • Jude, Belmannu

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    We manglorien s busy behind cow .love jihad not like kerala mallus who alwayes utilise goverment facilities. We have learn from them.we are good in fighting between each other's mangalorins are like crabs also pull each other legs.not united.

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  • JK, Udupi/Dubai

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Udupi Padubidri is the ideal place for International Airport

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  • James Dsouza, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Smart City and no proper Airport? what our hard working MLA Lobo and Mp Nalin Kumar are doing? what the karnataka government led by siddu is doing cannot acquire 90 acres land? who said there is no place to extend or realign the airport runway.? what the Airport Authority engineers are upto? even a school child can tell by looking at google map the mangalore Airport runway can be realigned and extended upto 600 meters to 3200 meters. just by shifting runway approach by few meters and and at the end shifting it near to the terminal.

    Anyway the Airport Authority is filling the gorge to create a taxiway and work already started . Instead of taxiway , realign the runway and keep 300 meters space on both sides of the runway and RESA is also sufficient. The Airport will be as good as any other international Airport in the world or even better. what is required is just an out of the box thinking.

    All this is done to market kannur Airport and please the kerala diaspora. let the congress led karnataka govt wake up and do something before the lose the next election. Let karnataka NRI forum and all associations give a strong referendum to the PM, president and authorities concerned.

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  • Luv, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Scope for new airport between Udupi and Mlore as per earlier report !!

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  • Mohammed Haif, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    The future of Mlore looks gloomy. No MNC would be interested to set up their shops in Mangalore. In 2007 Mlore was in the top5 preferred IT destiny in the country. Now it is not even there in top 50.
    Our youth has to migrate to far away cities to make a career. We the civil society have lets this happen by making it easy for our political representatives to win elections on petty issues primarily based on communal polarization. We never questioned our MP on real issues. He stands nowhere compared to the vision of our honourable PM to take this country forward. Now it is for the BJP supporters to question our MP for the sake of our city and if he is incapable of delivering he should be replaced. There are many other able leaders in BJP who can contest and win the election and represent Mlore well in the parliament and take our beloved city to its rightful place. I will vote for BJP if the BJP MP seat is given to an able leader who can do justice to mlore. Unless the core supporters put pressure on him nothing is going to change.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Congress means no development only gulum swaahaa...

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    If state government can spend 10,000 crore for yettinahole, why not at least 1,000 crores on runway expansion?

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  • Vivek, Hirebyle / Abu dhabi

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    we don't care who ever it Spend ...Mr. B.J.P Guy!!.........People must Unite regardless the party ..then Only Manglore will Improve.....rest left on your Common sense .......

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  • Joseph G. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Airport authorities thought of why airport extension for a burning D.K /S.K District and shutting down Karnataka with in half an hour???!!! It is not worth.

    Whatever be it's not a smart city.

    Chaaiwaala can land anywhere as he knows selling chaai in the running bus's, running trains and the walking or running people.

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  • Dr. Shankarnarayan, Mangaluru/Abu Dhabi

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    If Mangaluru airport runway has to be cut down ,Then convert it to KSRTC Bus Stand.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    If there is any scope for land filling and bring up the gorge land, then it should be taken on experimental basis and start working little by little...
    It gives lot of work for local youth, jcb, trucks etc and work can be get done in few years... But siddu need to wake up!

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    This decision might have been taken by reviewing the pros and cons in reducing runway

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    As i mentioned earlier many a times they will not improve mangalore airport our MP Nalin roaming Katil to Kalladka only so he doesn't require flight to travel... If they improve mangalore airport then Kannur airport will not function.. Shame on all the MP and MLA s from all the parties those belong to DK and Udupi......

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    They said land need to be acquired.
    Government land or private land, state government need to gear up.
    Local village accountant, Mangalore tahashildar need to prepare report.
    Am I correct?

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    100% correct once the kannur airport is ready then they will announce mangalore airport danger zone....just wait and watch....

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    siddu should give good airport bhaghya...

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  • Rob Stan, Udupi / US

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Tahsildar's of Udupi, Karkala & Kaup; I'm coming with my Dreamliner to land at Udupi International Airport. Are you guys ready?

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  • Alex, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    This Bajpe airport is white elephant, and no use. There is no remotest possibility of development around this area or airport.
    I have said this airport should be discarded as it is not meeting to the International Standards of safe airport operations.
    Better move the airport to somewhere after Mulki Hejamadi as previously planned.
    If it is was already done so, nearly half the funds spent on extension/revision of runway prior to Air India crash would have been saved, and even the crash would not have occured.

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  • Vivek, Hirebyle / Abu dhabi

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Considering our Indian Politics.....better to Demand extension of current Airport in Operation ....Waiting for a New Airport ..might help Our Grand Children's..........If foreign Countries can create Artificial Island inside deep sea .......why cant our Country extend small part of Mountain.....

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  • Comman, Man

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Once the kannur airport start working and big aircraft starting landing there, then Manglore Airport authority should sit and eat peanuts ... firsty MIA will loose huge passengers, due to short run way lack of safety and no big aircraft will land.

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  • George, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    We are busy with fire and fire extinguishers.

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  • Rocks, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    I remembered Fireman of D.K.. . lol ๐Ÿคฃ

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  • Vivek, Hirebyle / Abu dhabi

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    the Goons who get suspicious for everything and Buddies who ride a cattle along should Join to Protest for the NOBLE cause of extending Airport runway..........if a Good airport can change whole Picture of Manglore......Can we Join hands for good of the City....

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    We all know Table-Top Airports cannot be Extended ...

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  • SHAHID, SHIRVA

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    All RSS mind people are working in mangalore airport...khudki pocket bharneki chakkar me he...

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  • Vivek, Hirebyle / Abu dhabi

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Nothing is Impossible .....Unless there is a huge Lobby to shift Airport to near by Places......

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