India to Build Its First Runway On Sea Bridge

India to Build Its First Runway On Sea Bridge

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has received approval to build its first runway on a sea bridge, as per The Economic Times news on December 23, 2017

AAI would be extending Lakshadweep’s Agatti Airport by building an RCC platform on the beach and shallow sea. The runway will be extended on this platform and the longer airstrip will allow bigger ATRs to operate to the island.

AAI was previously asked to drop its earlier plan of linking two adjacent islands for the purpose of extending the runway. “The island-linking plan has been changed due to environmental concerns. Now, we will get into the beach and shallow sea area, erect pillars there and build an RCC platform on that. On this extended area, we will expand the runway and terminal,” a senior AAI official said. “The entire project is likely to cost about Rs 1,500 crore. Once completed, the runway will be long enough for ATR-72 to operate. At present, only smaller turboprops operate there,” he added.

Officials say that the air fare is on the higher side due to the operations of ATR-72 aircraft, which run with load penalty and carry only maximum of 50 passengers with 15 kg of luggage against 65 passengers with maximum luggage of 15 kg and no provision of paid luggage.

The improved airport will change the fare rates, bringing them to an affordable level. Agatti is expected to be India’s first runway-on-sea bridge. The same plan was considered for two other airports — Juhu airport in Mumbai and Kullu — however, the plan was found to be unsuitable for the places.

This new roadmap for transforming the airport, is in turn expected to increase the demand for additives such as Asphalt. The demand for asphalt additives is increasing over the years due to growing construction sector and growing demand for runways and parking lots around the globe, as per asphalt additives market report published by Coherent Market Insights.

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