Mangalore, September 13: The airport is switching to house more flights in a couple of years, on the commencement of work on expanding runways at Mangalore International Airport.
The 35-crore rupees construction project of the new taxiways is expected to be completed by February. For the convenience of departing and arriving flights, the additional taxiways are being built parallel.
Currently, the airport has two runways and passenger flights arrive at the new terminal building at the international airport over one taxiway.
Although there are two runways, the aircrafts that are ready to depart have to wait for 10 to 15 minutes if the timings clashed with the arrival of another flight since only one taxiway is used for entry and exit. Once the taxiways are ready, the airport will be able to handle flights more efficiently.
Director of Mangalore International Airport J T Radhakrishna said that once completed, the new taxiway would help when the number of operating flights would increase at the airport.
There will be separate entry and exit paths at both ends of the parallel taxiway, which will help in handling the flights, he said.
Mr Radhakrishna has revealed that a PCC Construction company from Mumbai had been given the contract of constructing the parallel runways. The construction started from August 2014, is expected to be finished within 18months.